On the third day in the month of May, Laurie Ann Smith DuBroy began her life in Prescott, Arizona as the fourth child born to Merton Mitchell and Rita M. Smith. That day in May was in the year 1964. A long and courageous battle with brain cancer, Laurie's journey ended in the high Arizona desert that she so loved on March 25, 2015.
Laurie Smith attended Lincoln Elementary and Mile High Middle School, and graduated from Prescott High in 1982. As a girl she loved gymnastics and 4H. In high school she enjoyed working on the school newspaper, cross country running, and debating in the Speech Club. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Design from the ASU College of Architecture in 1986 and pursued her passion for interior design. She worked with various firms over the years to furnish model homes and set up displays for furniture stores and retail shops.
In 1997 she married her high school friend Marc DuBroy and started a family. Believing strongly in the value of a traditional two parent family, she became a stay at home mom and she focused her energies and creative talents on family life. Laurie's persisting love of nature combined with her love of blending modern aesthetics and southwestern architecture was exemplified by the beautiful home she and her husband Marc created and shared with their children Alex and Kate. Home and family was her sanctuary and greatest source of pride and joy.
Laurie enjoyed nature and outings with family for bike rides, walks around the lake, and weekend drives. She especially loved the desert, cactus, palm trees and rugged mountains of Arizona. She was fascinated with hummingbirds and made sure the feeders were always full. She believed in landscaping with native plants, and carefully created and maintained a lovely yard. She loved animals, especially cats, and had a soft spot for taking in strays and adopting from the Humane Society.
Laurie will be remembered as a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend by all those whose lives she touched.
Surviving family members include husband Marc DuBroy and children; Alex and Kate, mother Rita Smith-Rouette, husband Roger Rouette, siblings; Michael Smith, Deborah & Mark Rogala and family, Nancy & David Hestera, as well as mother in-law Virginia DuBroy, father in law Daryl DuBroy, and sister in-law Debra Winsberg and family. Preceding Laurie in death was her loving and much beloved father Merton Mitchell Smith in 1993. Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Hampton Funeral Home 240 S. Cortez Street, Prescott, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Laurie's name to the Yavapai Humane Society, or to the Marley House in Prescott. Laurie's ashes will be spread across the special scenic places that long gave joy to her heart.
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