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Retta Lee Smith
February 06, 1953 - October 05, 2018
Retta was a 1971 graduate of Woodward High School. She attended Phillips University, Enid, where she was a member of Comet Club, and graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1975, with a degree in speech pathology.
She married Norman Smith of Enid in Woodward on Oct. 6, 1973, and they made their home in Pagosa Springs, CO, managing the Pagosa Inn. Retta served as a volunteer emergency medical technician and drove the truck for the volunteer fire department. She and Norm later moved to Aurora, CO where Retta worked as a veterinary technician. She attended the First Christian Church, and was a church elder, choir member, and active committee member.
In 1997, after 21 years in Colorado, Retta, Norm, and their sons, Brady and Tanner, moved to Woodward to be closer to her aging parents. Retta worked as a secretary at Northwest Center for Behavioral Health and a vocational rehabilitation technician at the office of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. She was a member of the First Christian Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday school for adults with developmental disabilities. Retta fostered dogs through WOOF Pet Rescue and helped with pet adoption events. She retired on July 1, 2015 and moved with Norm to their new home in Eufaula.
Retta was the glue that kept family and friends together. She treasured her relationships, keeping actively involved with childhood friends, college classmates, and co-workers. She was genuinely interested in the lives of people she knew and made everyone feel welcome and loved.
She lived life to its fullest and enjoyed the simple pleasures; spending time with family and friends, spontaneous road trips, horseback trail rides, antiquing, photography, and discovering new places to eat and visit along the way. She liked dragonflies and her favorite color was purple.
Retta had a passion for rescuing shelter dogs, and with her, they thrived in a warm, loving, forever home. She taught by example the importance of loving all of Gods creatures, great and small, that other people consider unlovable.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Sidney and Mary Northup, twin infant sons, Jacob Cooper Smith and Riley Logan Smith, and sister Mary Jane Taylor.
Retta is survived by her husband, Norman Smith of Eufaula, two sons, Brady Smith and fiancée Brandy Germany of Tulsa, Tanner Smith and friend Willow Gahr of Alva, brother Wesley Northup and wife Sharon Northup of Norman, sister Louann Unger and husband Herb, of Frisco, TX, three nephews, Dean Taylor and wife Bridgette of Oklahoma City, Nathan Northup and wife Alison of Noble, OK, Chris Northup of Tulsa, great nephew Samuel Northup, great nieces Charlotte and Gracie Northup, and many friends.
Family, friends and others whose lives Retta richly touched are invited to an informal celebration in her memory, Nov. 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Indian Creek Village Winery, 42595 S County Road 264, Ringwood, Oklahoma.
in memory of Retta
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Sunday November 11, 2018
Indian Creek Village Winery
42595 S County Road 264 Ringwood, OK
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I was a classmate of your mom's at Phillips University and I was very saddened to hear of her passing through the PU Alumni Facebook page. My best friend at Phillips Judy McGee was Suzie MacCallum's roommate our freshman year so I spent a lot of time in that suite in Clay Hall. I was also a Comet pledge with your mom, but unfortunately I had to drop out of our pledge class due to activity conflicts. Your mother was a very sweet person and I remember her well. I also knew your dad and I remember when your parents first started dating. May God wrap His loving arms around you and your family in the days, weeks, and months to come.
Retta was a dear friend and she will be sorely missed.