July 10, 1983 - February 4, 2016
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.
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