The Duncan Banner

December 9, 2013

Abigail Rachel Ruth Smith

July 11, 1989 — Dec. 7, 2013

The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Abigail Rachel Ruth Smith went home to be with Jesus Christ on Dec. 7, 2013, at 6:09 a.m. She was 24 years old, born July 11, 1989, and was a professional photographer. Abby impacted more people in her short time on earth than many do in much longer lifetimes. Her bright red curly hair and friendly personality made her everybody’s friend.

Abby was diagnosed with Synovial Cell Sarcoma (a rare cancer) in 2012 and underwent surgery and 37 radiation treatments. When her doctor gave her the diagnosis, he told her some life-changing words: “Everyone is dealt a deck of cards. We don’t get to choose the cards, but we do get to choose how we play them. We can either be bitter or thankful.”

Abby chose thankful, even when she found out that the cancer had metastasized. Instead of going through chemotherapy (which only had a small chance of slowing down the cancer), she chose instead to live life to the fullest. She and her brothers went Ireland. She kept doing photography sessions. She spoke to many church and youth groups about how her faith and trust in Jesus had helped her in her journey.

And two months before she died, Abby and her family went to Ukraine (where her parents had served as missionaries when Abby was 3) on “The Last Family Trip.” During the two weeks they were there, Abby’s physical condition deteriorated and breathing became a struggle. After a short hospitalization on her return, she came home on hospice. From her hospital bed at home, she continued to touch people’s lives around the world from her “Amazing Abby” Face Book page.

Abigail is survived by her mom and dad, Betty and Ron Smith, her brothers, Adam, Andrew, Amos and David Smith, all of Duncan. She is also survived by her grandmother, Rachel Smith, of Duncan, her grandparents, Richard and Faith Blight, of Duncanville, Texas and numerous other relatives.

A memorial celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Ray of Hope Church, Comanche.

In lieu of flowers, Abby requested donations to be made to the Abigail Smith Fund, PayPal or via mail: P.O. Box 502, Duncan, OK 73534, which will be used to help children and young people with cancer as well as several missionaries who were close to her heart.