Teranee Danielle Smith


Teranee Danielle Smith, 34, of Georgetown, TX passed away September 6, 2021.

Memorial Service: 3PM Monday, September 13, 2021 at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel with Jeff Gravens officiating.

Teranee was born to Glen Klander Jr. and Regina Kelley on January 8, 1987.

Teranee Danielle Klander Smith breathed fire, suffered no fools, and loved mightily. She was just 34 when she was taken from us on September 6, 2021. Teranee was born in Waco, grew up in McGregor and was living an amazing life in Georgetown with her husband Larry Smith and their kids.

Teranee spotted Larry in May of 2013 and gave the man no rest until he agreed to go out with her. Like so many things in her life, she knew what she wanted and was bound to have it. They were married in May of 2014. Larry would tell anyone how crazy in love he was and how much having Teranee and Tyson in his life made him a better man. As strong willed and loud as she was, Larry was quiet and reserved and she pushed him to greater things. He credits a lot of his amazing success to the things that she did for him and the opportunity to do great things for his family.

Teranee loved reality TV, a good margarita, and any chance to have her feet in the water. She was always on the lookout for her next tattoo, loved her little red jeep, and made sure her beloved dogs got a chance to run at her aunt Lesley’s every day. She kept a long-running text stream with sister, mom, and aunt trading TikTok’s, memes, animal photos, and the latest gossip. She kept her house immaculate, decorated exactly the way she wanted, and was especially thrilled with her family photos.

Teranee was rightfully proud of how far she had come in the past few years. She had progressed from customer service and call center jobs, to supervisor positions, assistant manager jobs, and when she moved to Georgetown, as a hotel desk clerk. There, she so impressed one of her guests with her smarts, wicked humor, and ability to always just get things done that he hired her into his company as a recruiter, where her career took off.

Teranee was amazing at customer service and recruiting because she just got people. She was brilliant at cutting right through to what mattered to you and how she could help. Her work ethic was unparalleled. She never forgot what it took to get her to where she was and how she always wanted to do more for her family.  She loved her job and we know she will be missed by her people at Workrise.

Teranee naturally rooted for the underdog because she knew what it meant to be one. She was the person that would find the oddball at the party and instantly make friends. She was the one who would always stand up for herself, but also others. If she saw an unfair fight, she wouldn’t think twice about taking her earrings off and putting herself in the middle of it. She was the friend that would try your patience with her temper and stubbornness, but in the end was always the one in your corner.

T, as she was known to her family, loved her kids. She never once talked about “stepkids” Janiah, Jayda, and Jeremiah were just hers. She mothered them, pushed them, and cared for them just the same as her own son, Tyson. She loved being a mom. She always tried to find some adventure for them, and even when it was hard to afford stuff made sure they never went without and was willing to make the sacrifices for it.

Modern families can be a mess, but they also create a loving environment when mistakes get made, wounds need to be healed, or grief needs to be shared. This extended family of Klanders, Smiths, Williams, Kelleys, and Newburns were brought together in our love for this amazing woman who played so many roles so well. She wasn’t just the cousin, she was the doting aunt. She wasn’t just the niece, she was the other daughter. She wasn’t just the sister, she was the crazy best friend.

She was preceded in death by grandfathers, Glenn Klander Sr. and Kenneth Bubert; great-grandmother, Bob-O Hoffman; uncle, Spencer Williams; and best friends, Renee and Erika.

Teranee is survived by husband, Larry R. Smith; children, Tyson Klander, Janiah Smith, Jayda Smith and Jeremiah Smith; mother, Regina Kelley; father, Glenn Klander Jr. and Gretta; sister, Tarissa Klander; grandparents, Birdie Klander, Connie Bubert, Tommy and Linda Kelley; aunt, Lesley and Heath Newburn; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and relatives.

Honorary Pallbearers are Timothy Jackson, John Klander, Chuck Klander, Logan Williams, Charles Ross, J.D. Hunter, Luke Williams, Wayne Hunter, Atom Hunter, and Nicolas Newburn.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Teranne’s Kid’s Fund via Facebook.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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  1. My heart is broken for the entire family. She had the prettiest smile. Prayers for peace, much love to you all!

  2. Gina Lechler-Watson

    Words cannot express how deeply sorrowful I am for the loss of your sweet Teranee. May God grant you peace and healing in the midst of such grief. Sending all my love, hugs and many, many prayers to your entire family.

  3. My Deepest Condolences. My heart goes out to you and your family 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss and pray for comfort and guidance for family!

  5. Tosha, Byron, Tiana & David

    Teranne you are greatly missed. We have grown such a beautiful friendship over the past 20 years and I never would have thought you would be taken from us so soon. You had the most amazing heart and were one of the strongest persons I’ve ever known.. My heart goes out for Larry, kids and the whole family at this time, I will continue to keep you all in my prayers, If you all ever need anything please don’t hesitate; I’ll always be here 💛

  6. T always had a smile for everyone. I have a lot of memories of her that go back along ways. This one time she painted a flower on my living room wall. Just because. I love you t. Rest easy sweet girl. We love you.

  7. So incredibly sorry for the loss to family. Sending our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Rest in peace my sweet T—We will miss you !! I know you are up there watching us with all your family that is up there with you. You will never be forgotten !Until we meet again my dearest—-Nana Birdie

  9. Unbelievably heart breaking. Deepest Prayers for this entire family during this time. One of my favorite quotes from a Pastor . Heaven is real but so is the pain. God grant you all peace and mercy as you fight through this pain

  10. Oh Tarisa I am so sorry. I’m in shock right now oh my! Wow! sending you lots of love and light for you and your family. I know you are a strong woman but I’m here for you. Oh wow and Tyson give him a big hug! Love you. Love you the mostest 😘

  11. I have no words. Love and prayers for this sweet girl’s family and friends. Teranee, you finished your race, you just finished early. Love to all

  12. No words. Prayers continue for the family and friends of this sweetheart. Teranee, you finished your race, you just finished early. Love to all💕💕

  13. I have waited….to come up with comforting words. I don’t have them, still.
    My heart weeps for all of you….her family, friends and co-workers. Love, Nana

  14. My condolences goes out to a very intelligent woman teranee, she’s was such a sweet heart and did an amazing job, anytime I need her, she was there with job opportunities, she will be truly missed, I pray for the family to heal through this time of bereavement ❤️❤️

  15. Sorry for y’all’s loss. Theresa your words were amazing. Stay strong.

  16. Mary Wilson McEvers

    So sorry for the loss of this special woman, wife ,mother,friend
    Rest In Peace Teranee. Comfort for her family.

  17. Tessa and family I’m so sorry to hear of yalls loss no one should ever have to go through this with someone this young prayers for all the family

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