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Willodean Sands Smith

Willodean Sands Smith


Willodean Sands Smith, 79, of 822 Ranch Road, and wife of the late James Smith, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Martha Franks Retirement Community.

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, she was a daughter of the late Russell Lawrence Windle and Ellouise Mae Perry Sands. Willodean was of the Methodist faith and she attended St. James United Methodist Church in Laurens. She retired from Wattsmill.

She is survived by her children, Michelle Renee Snyder Kopis and John Arthur Snyder both of Indiana; grandchildren, Bethany McClure and Chelsea Buwalda; four great-grandchildren; a special niece, Pamela Doss; and a special friend, Cindy Sanders of Laurens.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Melinda Kay Snyder McClure, brother, John Sands, and her nephew, Donald Doss.

Crypt side services will be held at 1:00PM, on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at Graceland East Memorial Park in Simpsonville, SC.

Memorials may be made to PAWS Animal Wildlife Sanctuary, PO Box 157, Waterloo, SC 29384.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

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It was my pleasure to work with "Smitty", as she asked me to call her, on the board of what started out as Paws. We bonded over our love for animals. Laurens has lost a beautiful, kind and hilariously funny lady. My deepest sympathy for her family.
Sally Crosby

Sally Crosby Feb 10 2022 11:12 AM

Was a real pleasure to have gotten to meet Wilma as I called her. She blessed my Heart to the fullest. Was a pleasure sitting with her daily at Martha Franks.

Monica Jan 26 2022 8:24 PM

Our symapathy goes out to her children & grandchildren. She is now at peace with her family in heaven.

Susan Biddle Jan 14 2022 12:24 PM

Loved this lady with all my heart she was a special sister

Martha Vinson Jan 13 2022 1:10 PM

Our heart goes out to the entire family of Willodean Smith--those by birthright and the myriad of friedns that were her adopted family. I will certainly miss our talks and times together over the last forty or fifty years. All of our plans did not ger realized, but thats ok we had fun making them.
Willodean loved each of her children and brother John. To each of you we extend our prayers and let you know that you will not be forgotten.
The Feld family: Charlie, Robbie, Leslie and Dorothy

Dorothy Feld Jan 12 2022 7:21 PM

Deepest sympathy to John and Reisa. Prayers for all.

Tami Martin Jan 12 2022 10:19 AM

Aunt Willodean was one of the most precious women I have known. Her love and humor will forever be missed. Prayers for the family!

Darla Burns Jan 12 2022 8:47 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Willodean Smith

Kathy Turner Jan 10 2022 8:31 PM

So sorry to hear about my neighbor. She was a sweet lady and will always treasure the friendship with her and James . She truly had a love for animals . She will be missed .

Betty Ann Spires Jan 10 2022 2:14 PM

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of a remarkable lady & dear friend. Her kind heart was devoted to the rescue & care of the unwanted animals in Laurens Co. She will be missed.

dorothy day Jan 10 2022 2:00 PM