Marianne Davis Smith, age 22, of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
She had the gift of putting people completely at ease, whatever the situation. When asked to give four words to describe herself, she answered “church, music, family, and 4-H. All have had a part in making me who I am”
She was born September 27, 1990 at Pine Bluff, a daughter of Gary Don Smith and Joyce Davis Smith. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in May of 2012 with her Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. She was the recipient of the Breedlove Scholarship and was on both the Dean’s and Chancellor’s List. As a rare occurrence, within two days of her graduation, she was employed as a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. While working, she was also pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.
Active in 4-H for much of her life, she was a 4-H officer, Camp Counselor, Ambassador, a participant in global and national conferences. A winner of numerous scholarships, she also attended New Beginnings Baptist Church.
She and her sisters sang together for many years at numerous events. They won Gold with Honors at the American Kids National Finals at Branson, Mo., and were also Grand Champions at the Arkansas State Fair. She performed over 600 times, reaching thousands of people at churches and civic groups using music as an instrument to minister, inspire, and motivate her listeners.
Realizing that she was a role model for youth, Marianne’s goal was never to do or say anything that would destroy another person’s confidence. She lived her life as a positive example for others. With her strong spiritual faith and close relationship with God, Marianne’s life motto was “He is Able”.
An infant brother, Micah Don Smith, and her grandparents, J. D. Smith and Oliver Lee Davis and Opal Naylor Davis predeceased her.
Marianne is survived by her parents, Gary Don and Joyce Smith; three sisters, Garianne Smith, Suzanne Smith, and Leanne Smith Donaldson; her grandmother, Bobbie Smith; her soon-to-be fiancée, Langston Ashmore; and two nieces, Claira Anne and Chloe Anne DonaldsonFuneral services will be Saturday, 1:00 p.m. at Forrest Park Assembly of God, with Pastor Eddie Gwin and Pastor David Dalton officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.
Vistitation will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the church.
Online condolences: FullerFunerals.com.