Heather Elizabeth Smith, beloved mother, daughter, sister, companion, cousin and friend, went to be in the arms of her loving Savior on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011.
Heather was born May 10, 1977 to Greg and Carolyn (Hazzard) Smith.
Heather received her early education at Sunnyside Christian School, graduating from Sunnyside Christian High School in 1995. She continued her educational pursuits at Central Washington University and Yakima Valley Community College, where she received her Associates degree.
Heather returned to the family business in 1997, where she became a pillar of stability and strength for her parents as they ran Smith Funeral Homes hand-in-hand until the day she was taken from them.
In July of 1999 she married Zane Youngblood Bowen. On Feb. 17, 2000, Heather and Zane were blessed with life's greatest gift, a child, a beautiful daughter, Madison Elizabeth (Mad Dog) Bowen. Heather loved her little girl with every fiber in her body. No mother in the history of the world gave up more of herself for her "little Maddie girl". When you saw them together, there was no doubt in your mind that they were mother and daughter in mind, body and spirit. The joy that was Heather is also Maddie. Listening to Maddie is like being in the room with Heather.
In the spring of 2007, Heather fell in love with her best friend and soul mate, Lance Johnson, over the past three years Heather and Lance shared so many happy times in each others arms as they discovered the inner beauty of true love and all the blessings that finding a person who truly loves you for the person you are on the inside can be.
Heather had many friends in life, but truly only one best friend, a God given sister in Angela Smasne. Throughout their life together, that started in the second grade, these two strong women shared laughter, tears and yes a few cold beverages as they walked with each other through the joys and pains that this life gives us on a daily basis. This friendship is one that will truly never end as it has stood the test of time and will continue to do so.
Heather also had a close relationship with her one and only sibling, her brother, Grant Edmund Smith. These two loved and battled their way through life. More often than not competing for everything. Whatever the game or contest these two would battle it out to be the top dog. Heather was often tough on her brother, but would defend him in any situation if she felt anyone but her was putting him in his place. No brother ever had a friend as close as Grant had in his Heather.
Heather had such an amazing relationship with both her mother and father. The love that these three shared was unconditional in every way possible, as friends and business partners they were never far from each other's side. Whether it was heading out on a trip with dad or a day of fishing on the Columbia with mom, there were always smiles and laughter but above all love.
Heather and her grandma Smith were ever so close. Even though separated by 58 years in age these two shared a common bond of strength and spirit that could never be denied.
Heather loved and cherished time spent with family, she was so happy every year to head to Curlew Lake, where she knew that the love of old friends and extended family would be waiting for her to enjoy.
To say Heather was an active person is an understatement. She loved to do everything under the sun. Softball, fishing, water sports and golf were just a few of the many activities that Heather enjoyed doing, but they were always more special to her when those activities where shared with people she loved.
Heather was a special woman with an infectious spirit; she had the ability to make every person in the room feel as if they were the most important to her. Her heart was so filled with love for anyone and everyone that came in contact with her.
Heather will forever be remembered for her big smile, her laughter and her abundant out pouring of love for those around her. If you spent one second around Heather Elizabeth Smith, you knew one thing, she loved you.
Heather is survived by her beloved daughter, Madison Elizabeth Bowen; her parents, Greg and Carolyn Smith; her brother, Grant Edmund Smith; and niece, Rachel Taylor Smith; grandmother, Kathryne Smith; companion and soul mate, Lance Johnson; God-given sister, Angela Smasne; uncles, Jim "Speed" Hazzard, Mike "Quad Quattro" Hazzard and Larry Hazzard; aunt, Nancy "Hollywood" Hazzard; numerous cousins; countless friends; and former husband, Zane Bowen and family.
Heather was preceded in death by her grandparents, Floyd Jr. and Carolina Hazzard and Oris E. "Hap" Smith; her uncles, Carl Hazzard and Davey Hazzard.
Viewing and visitation will be held Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at 11 a.m., at Grandview Church of the Nazarene, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
Heather did love to get flowers, but what would have truly made her spirit happy is if those wishing to give in her memory would do so to the Sunnyside Christian School Foundation. Heather would also love it if some of those funds are set aside to support the softball program at Sunnyside Christian High School, which she remembered and loved dearly.
Those wishing to sign Heather's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com.
Smith Funeral Home LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.