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Smith, Carissa Amber

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July 10, 1983 - February 4, 2016

Smith, Carissa Amber

Carissa Amber Smith, age 32, of Allen, Texas passed away at her home on Thursday, February 4th 2016. Carissa was born on July 10th 1983 to John Gillam Preslar Jr. and Bonnie Sue Odell in Austin, Texas as the youngest of three children. She grew up with her family in Dripping Springs, Texas and would later graduate from Dripping Springs High School where she enjoyed her friendships and her time as a drum major for the marching band. After graduation and some college experience Carissa began working in human recourses. Work led her to meeting Robert Howe Smith and the two eventually married on May 25th 2008. Carissa always had an ear for music. She was part of the church choir as a young girl, loved singing karaoke and always found time to enjoy her passion for singing. More than anything, she adored her children, Bella and Barrett.


Carissa is survived by her husband of 8 years, Robert Howe Smith, her daughter, Bella, her son, Barrett, her parents, two brothers and a host of extended family and cherished friends.


Memorial Service
01:00 P.M., Sunday, February 14th 2016
Fitzhugh Baptist Church
11607 Crumley Ranch Road
Austin, Texas 78738

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in Carissa’s name to Esteem Hospice Att: Gwen, 2459 Hebron Parkway, Carrollton, TX 75010 or to Nexus, 8733 La Prada Drive, Dallas, TX 75228



Arrangements are under the direction of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75252



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Natalie Mills

April 05, 2016 7:14AM

I'm so sorry and saddened to hear about Rissa's passing. I met her last year in Dallas and was amazed at her intelligence and demeanor. I pray for Bella, Barrett, and Robert. She is now among the angels in heaven.

Robin & Keith Miller

February 14, 2016 9:00AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Alina, Eyrick & Garrison

February 13, 2016 8:42PM

Our hearts are breaking over the loss of our beautiful Rissa. Her light will continue to shine as she lives on in our hearts for infinity. We send love and peace to Robert, Bella, Barrett and family.

The Dillow family

February 13, 2016 5:56PM

I was so heartbroken when I heard the news. Rissa was such a great friend to me and I am truly sorry for all those who lost such a wonderful person in their lives like I did. My heart hurts for her children and Robert and I will keep her family in my prayers.

Theresa Schwartz-Ivey

February 13, 2016 7:41AM

I was so sadened when mom told me. I am so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your whole family.

Mike and Eva Schwartz

February 13, 2016 12:33AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayer is peace and comfort in this time of sorrow. We are here for you if you need anything.

Abe Campos

February 12, 2016 10:03PM

May gods arms hold you close and may you rest in peace. You will forever be in the hearts of all that loved you..

Catherine & Carl Nelson

February 11, 2016 6:49PM

Carissa was a wonderful girl. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a loving heart. Our sincere sorrow goes out to all of her family and friends. She is now a real angel. From The Nelson Family.

Carla Merritt

February 11, 2016 1:03PM

It grieves me so to hear of Rissa's passing. My prayers are with Bella, Berret and Robert. May God's peace be with you, her loving family during this time. All my love.

Barbara Odell Barletta

February 11, 2016 9:37AM

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful daughter! God Bless you all! Sending much love from California.

Mary Jean Owens

February 10, 2016 11:44PM

I am so sorry to learn of the loss of this loved one. May you all find comfort in God's hand, shared memories, and the love of friends and family.

Jennifer Becker

February 10, 2016 9:36PM

My thoughts and prayers go out out to the children and family. May God watch over you during this difficult time.

Sandy Gravenor

February 10, 2016 9:19PM

I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Alice Zachardy

February 10, 2016 9:17PM

I'm very saddened and my prayers are with Rissa's family. Especially Robert, Bella, and Barrett. I'm thinking of you and praying for you all.

Katherine Thoreson

February 10, 2016 4:35PM

I just wanted to say that although Carissa and I were never super close, I always considered her a friend. We were in school together, same class, since second grade. We were in band together since 6th grade. She was always so thoughtful and kind and could make anyone smile. She was a beautiful soul, and I was shocked to learn of her passing. My condolences to her family.

Linda Dunlap

February 10, 2016 2:18PM

The way she smiled could break your heart. She made every room brighter. Our sympathies, Larry and Linda

Heidi Petmecky

February 10, 2016 7:04AM

My heart aches for this tremendous loss of Carissa's family. I have many fond childhood memories of us growing up together in Dripping Springs. She had such a warm smile and heart. My sincerest condolences to the entire family.

Diane Dikes

February 09, 2016 10:23PM

My deepest sympathy goes out to you Bonnie and John. It is the hardest thing to bury your child. No matter how old they are. I remember Carissa running around baseball fields, football and badketball bleachers and school functions all those years ago. Cute little thing with freckles across her nose. I don't know how correct I am but that is how I recall her. Always so friendly and huggable! My prayers for you both and Trey and Matt. God hold you all close. Sincerely and from my Parents heart to ya'lls.

Larry & Gerrie Biesenbach

February 09, 2016 10:04PM

Our thoughts & prayers are with y'all.

Jillian Powers

February 09, 2016 9:06PM

Sweetheart, Too young, too soon. You will truly be missed!


February 09, 2016 8:32PM

I love and miss you so freaking much. I know you're loving on Jesus right now but man, I miss you. I am so thankful to have you in my life. Love you sweet girl.

Marilyn Curry

February 09, 2016 7:21PM

Bonnie, so sorry to hear of Carissa's passing. Please know I will keep you in prayer.