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Ramona Raley Smith

November 9, 1953 - April 21, 2019

Ramona Raley Smith, of Richmond, passed away on April 21, 2019 at the age of 65. She was born on November 9, 1953 in Austin, Texas to Bobby Ray and Hope (Frnka) Raley. She married Jackie Ray Smith on June 28, 1980.

She attended and graduated from University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. She received a degree in Bilingual Education. She later received her Master's in Mid Management from Houston Baptist University

She began her teaching career in Lamar CISD, where she served as a teacher, bilingual coordinator, reading specialist and assistant principal. She retired from Lamar in 2013. But being the over achiever, after retirement, she worked for Friends of North Rosenberg and mentored student teachers for the University of Houston.

She met the love of her life, that she lovingly referred to as her blue eyed cowboy, Jackie Ray Smith. They married on June 28, 1980. On that day, she also welcomed into her family, Katie Smith Young. In 1996, her family grew by one with the birth of Rory Elizabeth Smith.

In her semi-retirement, she had two great loves - playing with and teaching her grandson and traveling, especially in Scotland.

Ramona was preceded in death by her parents, husband and infant brother Robert Shawn Raley.

Ramona is survived by her daughters, Katie Smith Young and husband Doug of Austin and Rory Smith Petty and husband Bryan of Rosenberg; sister Elizabeth Raley Dow and husband Andy of Richmond; brother Bill Raley and partner Danny Hughes of Garwood; and grandchildren, Riley Young, Jack Young and Brantley Petty.

Visitation will be on Friday, April 26, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church - Nada from 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM, with rosary beginning at 7:00 PM. Funeral service will be on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church - Nada. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers are Doug Young, Jack Young, Bryan Petty, Rock Popp, Billy Ray Krenek and Justin Labay. Honorary pallbearers are Roger Smith, Andrew Dow, Richard Guidry, Bill Raley, Danny Hughes, George Williams and Richard Williams.

Memorials may be given to St. Mary Catholic Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 97, Nada, Texas 77460.


Ramona Raley Smith
November 9, 1953 - April 21, 2019



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