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Narcisa “Chicha” Smith

October 28, 1942 – March 25, 2023

McAllen – On Saturday, March 25, 2023, Narcisa “Chicha” Smith passed away peacefully at the young age of 80. She was the biological mother of six children, however, many people considered her their surrogate mother.

She was born on October 28, 1942, in Coahuila, Mexico.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Lee Smith, her parents, Gregorio and Isidra Torres, her brother Refugio Torres, and her sister, Gloria Rodriguez Torres.

Narcisa leaves her loving family in God’s care.  She is survived by her children Maria Smith, Rosie Smith (Miguel), Maria “Cuca” Smith-Chapa (Evy), Agustina Vazquez (Edmundo), Ramona Vazquez, and Rafael Vazquez.  She was beyond blessed and grateful to help raise her niece and nephews, which she saw as her own, Pete Torres (Joy), Omar Hernandez (Cori), Jose Damian Torres, and Gloria Torres (Rey).  She also leaves behind four siblings, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Chicha was a God-fearing woman and remained an active church member at Jesucristo es la Respuesta. She was always in God’s word and listening to Christian music, specifically Paulino Bernal. She was strong in faith and overcame many obstacles in her life. She shared her memories often with her daughters and grandchildren to encourage that drive within them.

Narcisa was an exceptional wife, sister, and mother. She cared deeply for her family, friends, and neighbors and not out of obligation, but because of who she was. She was always the first to offer a helping hand and made sure that every child who crossed her path was safe, happy, and fed.

She was the central figure in the lives of her grandchildren, and anyone who knew her knows that she was happiest when she was around them…cooking for them, supporting them at their soccer games, softball games, or watching their band performances. She always provided support and love for her family.

Although her favorite pastime involved anything having to do with her grandchildren, she was an avid lover of nature. She enjoyed the outdoors: gardening, mowing, trimming trees, and bird watching (and was even known to catch a bird or two). She adored her birds, chihuahuas, and her parrot “Pepe” and they loved her and will miss her.

We will miss your kind heart, your sense of humor, and your smile. You are forever in our hearts.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the Consuelo Comfort House in McAllen for their care and loving support; to WellMed Palliative Care doctors and nurses that would tend to her at home, and to DHR Hospice.

Services are being entrusted to Del Angel Funeral Home in McAllen. Visitation is set for  Wednesday, March 29 from 2 pm- 9 pm with a prayer service at 7 pm.  Church service will be held at Jesucristo es la Respuesta on Thursday, March 30 at 2 pm., and internment to follow at Valley Memorial Gardens in McAllen, TX.

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