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KAREN LELA SMITH

Douglas, Wyoming

December 28, 1948 - November 21, 2023

KAREN LELA SMITH Obituary

Karen Lela Smith, 75, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, surrounded by her family at the Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, Wyoming.

Karen Lela Smith, born on Tuesday, December 28, 1948, to William and Flossie (Longsdorf) Caturia.

She had one brother, Scott Caturia. Karen was raised in Ralston, Wyoming. Karen went on to graduate from

Jackson High School in 1967. After graduating from high school, she pursued her business

associate degree at Casper College. In 1971, Karen met Stephen Jay Smith and the two were

inseparable from that point on. Karen and Steve were married for over 52 years and had two

children, Marcus and Heather.

Karen lived an amazing life. Soon after marrying Steve, she moved to the Smith Sheep

Company Ranch to pursue her next chapter of her life. She was passionate for the ranch life.

She fell in love with helping Steve take care of the sheep. She loved it so much that she

eventually decided to start a small sheep business, S&K Sheep Company, with her sister-in-law,

Sabrina.

Karen worked at the Douglas Senior Center for over 20 years and served on the Senior Center

Housing board for 35 years. Her dedication to the Douglas senior population was tremendous.

She always knew how to put a smile on their faces and did everything she could do provide

them with the support they needed.

Karen’s family and the Lord were her world. The love that Steve and Karen shared was beyond

powerful. It was a love so strong that people looked at them with admiration. That love carried

over to her children and grandchildren. She loved to spend every moment she could with her

family. Her summers were spent watching her grandchildren’s sporting events, camping in the

mountains, docking sheep, working on the fence line with Steve, and endless other things.

During the winter months she loved traveling to different destinations with Steve. Some of her

favorite hobbies were photography, poetry writing, and gardening. Karen’s spirituality and love

for the Heavenly Father was empowering. Her love for the Lord was portrayed in many different

ways and was felt through all who knew her.

Karen is survived by her husband Stephen Smith, of Douglas; her son and daughter-in-law,

Marcus and Tycie Smith, of Douglas; her daughter and son-in-law, Erick and Heather Kidd of

Parker Colorado; her grandchildren, Jade Smith, Drake Smith, Breck Smith, Aaron Kidd, and

Carly Kidd; her brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Priscilla Caturia of Buffalo, Wyoming; as well

as nieces, a nephew, and cousins.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents William and Flossie Caturia.

The family will not be holding a public memorial service but rather a small family gathering to

celebrate Karen’s amazing life.

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of KAREN LELA SMITH hosted by Gorman Funeral Homes.

Karen Lela Smith, 75, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, surrounded by her family at the Platte County Memorial Hospital in Wheatland, Wyoming.

Karen Lela Smith, born on Tuesday, December 28, 1948, to William and Flossie (Longsdorf) Caturia.

She had one brother, Scott Caturia. Karen was raised in Ralston, Wyoming. Karen went on to graduate from

Jackson High School in 1967. After graduating from high school, she pursued her business

associate degree at Casper College. In 1971, Karen met Stephen Jay Smith and the two were

inseparable from that point on. Karen and Steve were married for over 52 years and had two

children, Marcus and Heather.

Karen lived an amazing life. Soon after marrying Steve, she moved to the Smith Sheep

Company Ranch to pursue her next chapter of her life. She was passionate for the ranch life.

She fell in love with helping Steve take care of the sheep. She loved it so much that she

eventually decided to start a small sheep business, S&K Sheep Company, with her sister-in-law,

Sabrina.

Karen worked at the Douglas Senior Center for over 20 years and served on the Senior Center

Housing board for 35 years. Her dedication to the Douglas senior population was tremendous.

She always knew how to put a smile on their faces and did everything she could do provide

them with the support they needed.

Karen’s family and the Lord were her world. The love that Steve and Karen shared was beyond

powerful. It was a love so strong that people looked at them with admiration. That love carried

over to her children and grandchildren. She loved to spend every moment she could with her

family. Her summers were spent watching her grandchildren’s sporting events, camping in the

mountains, docking sheep, working on the fence line with Steve, and endless other things.

During the winter months she loved traveling to different destinations with Steve. Some of her

favorite hobbies were photography, poetry writing, and gardening. Karen’s spirituality and love

for the Heavenly Father was empowering. Her love for the Lord was portrayed in many different

ways and was felt through all who knew her.

Karen is survived by her husband Stephen Smith, of Douglas; her son and daughter-in-law,

Marcus and Tycie Smith, of Douglas; her daughter and son-in-law, Erick and Heather Kidd of

Parker Colorado; her grandchildren, Jade Smith, Drake Smith, Breck Smith, Aaron Kidd, and

Carly Kidd; her brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Priscilla Caturia of Buffalo, Wyoming; as well

as nieces, a nephew, and cousins.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents William and Flossie Caturia.

The family will not be holding a public memorial service but rather a small family gathering to

celebrate Karen’s amazing life.

The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of KAREN LELA SMITH hosted by Gorman Funeral Homes.

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