On Friday, May 8, 2020, Amanda was reunited with her baby girl, and love of her life, Dahlia Dawnna.
A Memory Share will be held at Hillier Funeral Home of BRYAN, on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at 4 pm.
Amanda was born in Kennewick, Washington, on June 4, 1990, to Corby Smith, and Patricia Dawn Ward. Although she was born in Washington, her Grandmother, Judy Smith, sent a jar of soil from Brazoria County, Texas, to be placed under the birthing bed so Amanda could be born on Texas Soil!
Growing up Amanda was always in pageants, at 4 years old she won "best in talent" by singing and dancing to Selina's Bidi Bidi Bom Bom. Amanda also played softball as a child, advancing to playing on a travel only tournament team in 8th Grade. She ran cross-country, and was bad at it, because she would often sight see causing her to trip and fall a few times! She was a funny teenager, often times telling jokes at weird times and never able to get them right.
She went to school in Cave City, Arkansas, until her junior year and the she was transferred to Batesville High School in Batesville Arkansas. Amanda also did a program for pharmaceutical Tech in Houston, Texas.
Amanda helped her mother open the family restaurant Known as Wonkey Donkey, in Calvert, Texas; she was the face and personality of the Wonkey Donkey.
Amanda's life was challenging, at the age of 21, she became a 6c quadriplegic, and then in 2013 she gave birth to her daughter, Dahlia, and lost her in 2014. Through all of this, Amanda never gave up. She always tried to smile and make the best out of everything. Amanda was inspiring to the people around her. She always said that her accident made her a better person because it helped her reevaluate what is most important.
She was beautiful, funny, fierce, and loved with all her heart. She wanted everyone to succeed and be happy. She struggled with her self-esteem her entire life and fought with bouts of depression, anxiety, and dependence; however, she would push it down and try to make everyone around her feel loved. People will always remember her love for life and that big beautiful smile of hers.
Amanda was raised catholic and held much to her faith throughout her adult hood, however she did also enjoy the couple of times she attended the Robertson County Cowboy Church with her mom and dad CT.
Amanda loved cats. She would find strays and, work with the local shelters to help foster and rehome all the cats she found. She loved all kinds of music and enjoyed DIY projects.
Amanda leaves behind to cherish her memories, her parents, Patricia Dawn Ward, CT Ward and Michael Jerry Matz; her siblings Allura Dawnna Matz, Kyle Smith, and Ryan Ward, and; her Grandparents, Peter and Shirley Rothenberger, Richard and Shirley Smith, Judith Smith, Christine Rhea, Michael Matz Sr. and Dora Delgado; her Aunts and Uncles Genice and Hal Hanson, Shirleon and Joe Moore, Ricky Rothenberger, Jay and Bee Smith, Delores and John Garcia, Theresa and Cesar Cienfuegos, Carmen Martinez, Bee Gutierrez and Patty Delgado-Ortiz. She also leaves behind many friends that she considered family, including, Kay, Robert and Devon Williams, Bill and Cindy Barrera, Chris and Lynn Sechelski, D'Anne Hendricks, Devon Townsend and Kyle Hackenberg.
"If it wasn't this it would be something else, so count your blessings"- Amanda Smith