Lynn Alice Smith
Lynn Alice Smith. Born in Walnut Creek, California on June 3, 1957 – Left this Earth on January 28, 2013 at 4:55 am. Lynn was born to Harvey and Beverly Smith, in Walnut Creek, California, on June 3, 1957. She grew up on her family’s ranch in Antioch, California.
She graduated from Westmont College, Montecito, CA, in 1980, with a Bachelors Degree in Business & Economics. She started a career in real estate in 1980, working as the office administrator at Alexander Velto, Realtors, in Montecito. In October of 1982, she began her sales career with Coldwell Banker. She loved working on her gardens surrounding her La Conchita home, and could often be seen in her neighborhood on her golf cart chatting it up with neighbors.
Lynn will undoubtedly be most remembered for outrageous laugh, one of a kind sense of humor and passion for everything she did. Lynn was a fascinating, intense and outspoken person. She loved to travel. She was articulate, a great listener, a lover of animals, self-sufficient and independent. She emulated Speed Racer on the roads, was a Commodore of her own boat, a Jet Ski & Motorcycle master, lifeguard, builder of sandcastles and beach-comber. She was an equestrian and lover of horses. She could make any palm, orchid or succulent grow.
Lynn waged a valiant, tireless fight against cancer. She was determined and optimistic right to her final hour. She was courageous and inspiring to us all. She quietly and peacefully left us with her faithful and beloved dog Callie who lay sleeping beside her.
She is survived by her father, Harvey Smith. Brother Jeff and wife Cindy and their children Jeffry, Steven and Jon, brother Daniel and his children Daniel II and Amber. Her dog Callie and her 3-legged cat Michael. She was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Beverly Smith.
Lynn also leaves her treasured friend and fellow adventurist Laura Ringquist, the Garth family who had adopted Lynn some 17 years ago and has been Lynn’s nearest farm-style retreat since. Second Mom- Carolyn and the two sister-like friends- Wendy and Jennie Garth who lovingly nicknamed Lynn “Smithy”. Add to that a rich mix of others- such as her advocate and buddy- Gregg Patronyk, dear friends Daniel Waltz and Carole Sneathen, mentors Bob Ruccione and Debbie Merlo, lifelong friend Jeff Oien, and all of her Coldwell Banker family, with special thanks to Alva Gutierrez, Karen Spechler, Patty Schwartzkopf, Andrea Pighetti, Jean Sedar, Mike Woodard, John Chufar, Robert Johns and Brenda Blalock. Many thanks to her La Conchita neighbors who provided rides to the hospital, and watched over her home in her absence.
There are countless others just as special to Lynn that are not named here, but you know who you are and the special bond you had with her. We look forward to reuniting everyone at the upcoming service and hope you will share with us your funny stories of your time with Lynn.
Lynn’s passing leaves a huge hole in all of our lives….She will be impossible to forget and missed deeply by everyone who loved her.
Celebration of Life service February 15, 11:00 AM, Trinity Episcopal Church at State & Micheltorena. Reception to follow.
Call Jeff Oien for more information, 681-8122.