Phyllis Meacham Smith

Phyllis Meacham Smith, 76, of Waco, passed away Friday, June 5, 2020 at Providence Hospice Place in Waco with her beloved husband and son at her side.

Cremation was arranged and provided by Lake Shore Funeral Home & Crematory

This obituary will be published in the Sunday, June 21, 2020 edition of the Waco Tribune-Herald

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

Phyllis was born August 1, 1943 in Beaumont to Horace Lee Meacham and Ovie Inez Goodman Meacham. She graduated from University High School in Waco in 1961. She was a retired Medical Rating Specialist for the Veterans Affairs Regional Office with 30 years of service.

She loved to travel, go on cruises, visit the casino, play 42 with her friends and enjoyed fishing. Phyllis was known for her love of collecting silver and crystal on her many outings to garage and estate sales. Phyllis crocheted Afghans in the fisherman pattern for her sons, grandchildren and special friends. She gave away 37 of her “stitches of love”. Phyllis volunteered her time by driving cancer patients to their medical appointments for treatment or testing. She was a long time member of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Horace Lee Meacham, Jr.; and sisters, Marie Rodgers, Helen Wilson and Barbara Nix.

She is survived by her husband, Dwain Smith of Waco; sons, Kevin Dyer of Austin and his son, Ryan of Dallas and Kelly Dyer and wife, Lauren and their children, Freeman and Emma of Houston; daughters, Deena Loewe and husband, Ray, Terri Freeland and husband, Jackie and Lisa Swanner and husband, Mark; sisters, Bernice Smith, Carol Doyle, Loraine McKinney, Mildred Fielder and Jean Simpson and husband, Joe. Phyllis is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the entire staff at Providence Hospice Place for their compassionate care and support.

Memorial contributions in Phyllis’ memory may be directed to the Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, 1624 Wooded Acres Dr. Waco, TX 76710 or to the American Cancer Society, 1512 Lake Air Dr., Waco, TX 76710

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Condolence Messages

  1. Dorothy and Ramona McDowell

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your in our hearts and prayers. If there’s anything you need don’t hesitate to let us know.

    • I was so sorry to hear about Phyllis. Love, prayers and hugs to you Dwain and the rest of the family. Phyllis was always so nice and friendly whenever I saw her at a family reunion or the grocery store.
      She will be missed!

  2. I am terribly sorry about your loss. I have so many good memories of Phyllis. Kelly and I and our group of friends often found ourselves at Phyllis’s because she was warm, funny, welcoming and would tolerate a group of teenage boys. She made growing up special for us. She was an amazing person in every way. She will be missed and is in our prayers.

  3. Donnice Watson Sorrell

    I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  4. Tanisha Hall-McDade

    Mr. Dwain I wish there was more I could say, do for you your wife was amazing her smile made me feel joy every time I saw her. I will those banana nut bread gifts she would give me. I love you and your spirit time heals wounds. Love cures worlds and your love to Mrs Phyliss sure bright light to every room. Mr Dwain your light still shines it’s just waiting to shine even brighter.

  5. So sorry for your loss, Dwain. Praying for you and your family to find peace and comfort in the arms of God.

  6. Carol Stykenbroeker

    Dwain, I’m sorry to hear of Phyllis’ passing. I have been praying for you both while you have been on the prayer list.
    She was sweet and fun to be around! Love to you.

    Carol & Don

  7. Dwain and family,
    This just hurts me so. I have missed your beautiful faces sitting behind me at church. I am truly sorry for you and your family. My prayers are with you always,

  8. So sorry to hear about my dear sweet friend of 60 plus years. In 2002 we traveled together to New York, one year after we were attacked on 9/11. We both graduated from UHS. I loved her wit and sense of humor. I will forever miss her. Bess Tucker

  9. I was so sorry to see this. I worked with Phyllis for many years at the VA. She had such a great sense of humor, and we spent a lot of time laughing at “things”. She could brighten your day with words that just popped out when you least expected it. I am so glad I knew her and will always treasure the memories.

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