Jan. 8, 1932 — Aug. 11, 2013
LuLu May (Ault) Smith “Lu Smith” died Aug. 11, 2013. She born Jan. 8, 1932, to Harold D. Ault and Anne Marie Oertel Ault in Touchet, where the family operated Monnich and Ault dairy farm with Mr. Ault’s stepfather, J.W. Monnich, uncle Charles Iler, and brother-in-law George Gray.
Lu attended school in Touchet until her eighth-grade year and then they moved to Walla Walla, where she graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1950. The family business was then Ault Irrigation Equipment, Inc. She studied piano with F. Charles Bassett and enjoyed helping her dad at the business. She then moved on to Washington State College, where she was an excellent student and received membership in Spurs, a women’s service honorary, and she was very active in Regents Hill dorm life. She graduated with a degree in art education. She met and fell in love with Damon B. Smith from Selah, Wash., and they were married in 1953 in Walla Walla.
During their days at WSC, Lu and Damon had many wonderful times with fellow students and fun times with Damon’s brother Merle Smith and Dorothy (Ragsdale) Smith, Merle’s wife. That close relationship remained throughout Lu’s life. She continued her education at Central Washington University and eventually received her master’s degree.
After college the couple moved to Selah and Lu started her teaching career at Wapato and then in Selah. At that time she was teaching junior high and high school art. In 1959 she was blessed with the birth of Dawn Adele Smith, and in 1963 Heather Dee Smith came along. She took a few years off and then resumed teaching at John Campbell School in Selah for another 30 years. She impacted so many students and co-workers and parents in her time as of course the best teacher ever!
Throughout Lu’s life she helped ranch with Damon, raise livestock, raise Christmas trees and grow fruit. She was very active in the Selah Heights Grange with Damon’s family, doing many ag exhibits and working in the Dairy Bar at the Central Washington State Fair. She was also deeply involved at First Presbyterian Church in Yakima, where she was a deacon, Stephen minister, children’s art and display director, senior ministries, hospitality, helped with the bulletin, spearheaded the veterans celebration, and co-chaired the Sanctuary Guild with Damon for several years.
Just a few of her activities were camping, fishing, hunting, salvage artwork, recycling, sewing, photography, gardening, studying insects, books and most of all people. She never knew a stranger and she loved you for who you were. She always had a winning smile. The last few years she was an incredible caregiver to Damon and did it beautifully and graciously even while fighting a major illness herself.
A few years ago she was able to go to Ireland with Dawn and Heather and some dear friends and celebrate her Irish heritage. That was a trip she never thought would happen and Irish eyes were smiling!
She will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to know her. She was a very devoted mother to her daughters, their husbands and all their children down the line.
To keep the spirit of her teaching alive she wanted to donate her body to educating others. She is helping students learn now at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima.
Lu is preceded in death by her parents; and her precious Damon who passed away just six months ago. They would have been married 60 years on July 19, 2013. She is survived by her children, Dawn (Michael) Shepherd of Selah, and Heather (Steve) Hein of Yakima; seven grandchildren, Dustin (Chelan) Shepherd, Logan (Nina) Shepherd, Adele (Mike) Pomerenke, Lisa Shepherd, Nick Hein, Shelby Hein and Samantha Hein; two great-grandchildren, Stephen and Justin; also her sister, Ora Lee (David) Kapp of Corvallis, Ore.; brother-in-law, Merle (Dorothy) Smith of Selah; sister-in-law, Brenda (Paul) Norris of Issaquah; and many dear nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family wishes to thank Memorial Hospital, Good Samaritan Rehab, Orchard Park and Izzys House for all their care.
A celebration of life service will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church at Eighth and Yakima avenues.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Union Gospel Mission or First Presbyterian Church-Yakima mailed c/o Brookside Funeral Home, PO Box 9907, Yakima, WA 98909. Arrangements by Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory.