Carol Anne (McElwain, Shults) Smith, age 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 15, 2023, in Cheyenne, Wyoming at her home with her husband and son by her side. Carol was born in 1939 in San Diego, California to Bruce and Marjorie McElwain. Carol was the fourth child out of eight.
Carol always loved music and started playing the flute at a young age. In high school she was chosen to attend the States College’s annual Band Clinic where Dr. Edwin Franko Goldman, the most renowned band conductor since Sousa, directed 110 band students chosen from 12 city and county high schools. Later went on to play as the first flutist for the Santa Cruz Symphony and performed for the public such as the Santa Cruz Women’s Club. Carol’s first teaching job, Kindergarten, was in Escondido in 1959 at Escondido Christian School and ended her teaching career at Imperial Beach Elementary School in 1975. Carol enjoyed music and thrived as an excellent teacher and mom, serving the Lord and sharing his message was always the center of Carol's life. Carol was quoted in a 1979 Raymond Herald contest for “Christ in Christmas” saying “True joy comes from knowing Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives. Joy is available to all who desire to live in the center of God’s will for their lives”. Carol served her Lord well and was a very loving Mom, sister, wife and friend to many. She will be greatly missed.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Bruce and Marjorie, her brother Paul, sisters Florence, Jean (Dorothy), Virginia, and Barbara, and late husband and father of her four children, Don Shults. Carol is survived by her husband William Smith, her four children David, Barbara, John and Philip, grandchildren Daniel, Eric, Selina, Jonny, Anna, Madison and great granddaughter Isabella. Also, her brother David and sister Kathy.
At Carol's request, there will be no service. Carol will be buried at Mountain View Memorial Park in Cheyenne, Wyoming.