DONNA LAURA SMITH Donna Laura Smith, 84, of Boulder City, Nevada passed away Sept. 12, 2018, in her sleep, at St. Rose Siena Hospital, from complications arising from a stroke. She and her twin sister Dotta Thomas were born to parents Lottie Hays and Oliver Thomas on May 14, 1934 at the family farmhouse in New Cambria, Missouri. Her family, with four sisters and one brother, then moved to Quincy, Illinois in 1938 where she and her twin sister Dotta were cheerleaders and baton twirlers. Upon graduation from Quincy High School, Laura moved to Indiana where she met and married her first husband Robert Estes and had her only child Robert T. Estes, Jr., in 1954. Laura moved to Nevada in 1963: worked for many years for EG&G at the Nevada Test Site. She married her second husband, Gerald Smith, of North Park, Colo., at The Little Church of the West and moved to Pioche, Nevada where they built their dream home before Jerry passed away and she moved to Boulder City. She was a long time member of Christ Lutheran Church, Boulder City Republican Women, The Red Hat Society, and enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing with her family all over the southwest. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gerald Smith; her sisters Katherine Thomas, Joyce Wavering, and Dotta Thomas. She is survived by her son and daughter in law, Robert and Joyce Estes, Jr.; her grandchildren Brandon and Emily Estes, of Sedalia, Colo.; Step-son, Dennis Smith, Morongo Valley, Calif.; sister Viola Mink, St. Louis, Mo.; and brother Larry Thomas, Atlanta, Ga. She will be cremated by Palm Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to Christ Lutheran Church.
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Published in Boulder City Review on Sep. 27, 2018.