Verna LaNell Smith


Verna LaNell Smith, 84, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Grand Prairie. 
She was born to the late Jess and Bessie Copeland on March 16, 1930 in Gonzales. She and her husband, the late Leroy Smith, lived in Westhoff for many years where they operated a laying hen farm and sold many of their eggs off of their front porch. They would leave a cigar box on the table to make your change if they were not at home or out in the chicken house. After her husband passed away, she moved to Cuero where she worked for the Cuero Heritage Museum for fifteen years. The past three years she has resided in Grand Prairie with her daughter. 
She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Cuero. She taught children's Sunday School for many years and loved to work to help support missions around the world. 
She is survived by her son, Robert and wife, Linda Smith, of Cuero; daughters, Beth and husband, Larry Worley, of Grand Prairie, and Sherri Rowe of Waxahachie; and six grandchildren who were such a source of pride to her. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren who brought her such joy, as did the anticipation of the birth of her fifth great-grandchild later this summer. She is also survived by one sister, Edna Faye Robinson, of Smiley and was “Aunt Verna” to many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Pamela Gail Smith; brothers, J.D. and Bob Copeland; and sister, Viva Holder.
Visitation will be Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at Freund Funeral Home. Services will be Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 p.m., at Freund Funeral Home with Pastor George Yarbrough officiating. Interment will follow at Westhoff Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or First Baptist Church of Smiley Missions Fund. 
You may send condolences or sign the guestbook at
Freund Funeral Home, 361-275-2343.
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