April 16, 1957-March 20, 2007
Velisa Scearce Smurthwaite was born April 16, 1957, to Marie and Allen Scearce in Farmington, N.M. A true disciple of Christ and supreme genealogist, Lisa literally served thousands during her life on both sides of the veil. As a first-year student at BYU, she ran into an impressionable returned missionary named Richard Smurthwaite. Fourteen days later they were engaged and on May 6, 1976, they were sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. Their wonderful marriage has stretched over 30 years, filled with four rowdy boys, two full-time missions, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and four perfect grandchildren. In this time, Lisa has blossomed as a wife, mother, and grandmother dishing out the perfect balance of tough love, spiritual wisdom, chimichangas, and Otter Pops.
Lisa passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, from heart failure. However, in the end it was the greatness of her spirit, not the weakness of her heart, which moved her along to the next stage of life. She has graduated far ahead of her class and will be sorely missed while the rest of us try to catch up.
She was preceded in death by her father, Allen Scearce and is survived by her husband Richard Smurthwaite; children David Smurthwaite (Marisa), Craig Smurthwaite (Roxy), Elder Jared Smurthwaite (serving in the Texas Houston Mission), and two-time Student of the Month, Aaron Smurthwaite; grandchildren Noah, Sam, and Karma Smurthwaite; mother and step-father Marie and Charles Lake; sisters Valerie Shaffer, Sharon Lawhead (Steve), and Patty Pitcher (Boyd) and canines Jackson and Gypsy.
Special thanks to the medical professionals of Dixie Regional Medical Center and LDS Hospital, her world-class cardiology team led by Dr. Kfoury and Dr. Renlund, and the nursing staff who showered Lisa with tender compassion her last few days on earth.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at the Bountiful North Canyon Stake Center, 965 Oakwood Dr. Friends and family may call Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main or from 9:45-0:45 at the church prior to the funeral. Online guest book and direction map at www.russonmortuary.com