Edythe Elizabeth (Beth) Bowen Smith

Edythe Elizabeth (Beth) Bowen Smith, 65, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on April 30, 2023.  Beth was born June 11, 1957, to Jack and Lucille Bowen in Aurora, Colorado.  She was the fourth of five siblings.  Beth moved with her family to Texas in 1957.  She graduated from Leander High School and played first chair flutist in the high school band.  Her favorite summers were spent in Carthage, Texas, with her grandparents.  Her Nana, Mrs. Opal Porter taught her to sew, and this would become a lifelong passion.  There were no projects she wouldn’t take on from costumes for school plays to draperies or a wedding dress.  The past few years Beth loved quilting and especially making quilts for her grandchildren.

Beth married the love of her life Douglas Charles (Doug) Smith on July 11, 1987.  She met Doug where she was employed at Samedan as a Land Tech.  They continued their journey with their 4 sons living in Texas, Colorado, and Israel.  During their years in Israel, she enjoyed exploring the Holy Lands and studying the Gospel.  Beth was a wonderful host to family and friends to provide the opportunity for others to experience visiting the Holy Lands, as well. She did not miss the opportunity to spread the word of God to anyone who entered her life. Beth also began to learn Hebrew and loved traveling to different countries with her family.

Beth is survived by her husband Doug of Houston, Texas.  Children Judd (Eleanor) Taylor of Thornton Colorado, Wes (Kate) Smith of Seco, Maine, Kyle (Toni) Smith of Henderson, Nevada and Alex (Katy) Smith of Superior, Colorado.  Her beloved grandchildren Arthur, Joey, Emily, Jack, Zoey, Miles and Henry.  As well as numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces and a great great nephew.  Siblings Ron (Linda) Bowen of Houston, Texas and Rebecca Bowen of Kerrville, Texas.  Aunt Jean Porter of Carthage, Texas and Uncle Homer (Pat) Porter of Carthage, Texas.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Lucille (Porter) Bowen, brother Jack Edgar Bowen and sister Deborah Jean (Bowen) Bradshaw.

The family deeply appreciates the wonderful caregivers who provided tender care and compassion during the final journey of her life.  We will be eternally grateful.

Judd Taylor
Wes Smith
Kyle Smith
Alex Smith
Chris Bowen
Andrew Sinclair

Graveside services will be held at the Clayton Cemetery in Clayton, Texas on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 11:00 am.

Memorial donations in memory of Beth can be made to:

Team Gleason ALS Foundation
P.O. Box 24493
New Orleans, LA 70184

Discovery Fellowship Church
6630 Brittany Drive
Fort Collins, Colorado 80525


  1. Beth was such a memorable part of our whole family’s life. Our families were together in Israel and we became good friends as did our kids. We even did a few fun vacations together. Beth had a very clear sense of how one approached life and had a very strong understanding with how she saw God. Being in Israel brought all of our hearts closer to Him.
    You will so missed by your family and friends. Wishing you a wonderful peace at last.

    Sandy & Colin Sinclair
  2. I first met Beth in Israel in ~2002.
    Beth was a second mother for me during my early motherhood days and I learned so much from her, how to be a better mother and a person.

    I was so blessed to have her in my life and will never forget her kindness, friendship and generosity. Her presence in my life was a true blessing which I will always be grateful for.

    RIP dear friend,
    Merav & Guy Blankstein

    Merav Blankstein
    • Rest in peace dear Beth. Be strong Dear Doug, Sons and family.

      Liz Vachil
  3. I also met Beth in 2002 when she and Doug joined the Noble family in Israel.

    Beth was an unforgettable person.

    We were all blessed to have Beth with us.

    RIP dear Beth. We already miss you.

    Big hug to Doug, Judd, Wes, Kyle, Alex and the entire family.

    Rachel and Oren Gruber

    Oren Gruber
  4. Dear Doug,
    Please accept my sincerest condolences for your great lose.

    Joseph Sebel
  5. Dear Doug and family, I am so so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deep condolences and prayers.

    Hudi Bruker
    • Dear Doug and family
      I am so sorry for the loss of your dear special wife and mother.
      Please accept my deep condolences and prayers.
      May she RIP
      Yehudit Zekel

      Yehudit Zekel
  6. Beth was my oldest, dearest friend. We met at Fulmore Jr High in 1969 and became best friends. Our life’s journey took us in different directions, but Beth has always stayed in my heart. She was so brave in the face of her illness and her faith was strong. I am going to miss her so much!

    Sending prayers to Doug, her 4 sons and entire family.

    Debbie Burch
  7. To all Smith family
    I didn’t have the honer to meet Beth when you were in Israel but my beloved
    Father LuLu did and he always spoke about her . I am sure that they are going to meet in heaven end tour the sky together like they did here on earth
    Doug I had the honor to drive you on one of your trips to Israel after my father passed away I remember the first thing you asked me “ do you think you can go inside your father shoes “ since that day every morning I am doing my best to make it. I am sending you all the blessings to make it and go inside Beth shoes to keep your family together.Smith family will always be a part of Lulu Hayoun family 😞😞

    Karen Touboul Hayoun
    • Such beautiful words, Karen.

      Liz Vachil
  8. Dearest Doug and family
    I am so sorry to hear the loss of your dear Beth.
    Please accept my condolences and prayers to your dear family
    May Beth rest in peace 🙏

    Yehudit Zekel
  9. Beth was one of the best friends that I’ve ever had. We laughed together and cried together. She was such a loving, giving, caring and compassionate person. Her laugh was contagious but I especially loved the little twinkle in her eye when she smiled or was up to something.

    She loved Doug and her children with her whole being and loved fiercely.

    I know you are in the most beautiful place now and are helping to prepare our room for us to join you one day.

    I will love and miss my Beth always…

    Joannah Foster
  10. My deepest condolences to Doug and the family for your loss of dearest Beth.
    I remember very vividly Beth at the time the family lived in Israel, while Doug was managing Noble’s office in Herzelia.
    Beth left on me great impression with her lively and strong character steering the whole family wisely throughout their ventures.
    My prays are with Doug and the family.
    May Beth rest in peace.

    Gideon Tadmor
  11. I met Beth in 2006 when joining Noble Israel.
    I will remember her kindness, generosity and big smile always.

    RIP dear Beth
    Big hug to Doug and all the family.
    Please accept my deep condolences for your big loss.

    Shachar Sorek

    Shachar Sorek
  12. Doug and family

    Very sorry to gear from Silver of Beths passing. My sincere condolences. Beth was so incredibly kind to me and I am sure everyone else. She will be greatly missed, yet will live on in our memories. Mine are incredibly sweet and tender. Know in your hearts how much she loved you.

    Catt – formerly Bowen

    Cattina Catt Deselms
  13. Dear Doug

    So sorry to hear about Beth .
    Warm hugs to you and the family.
    May she rest in peace.

    You and your family will always be in our hearts

    Hadas Malal
  14. You don’t realize how impactful someone has been in your life until they are gone. So many fond memories have flooded our minds since we learned of Beth’s passing.

    Maha and I met Beth in the mid 80s when we first moved to Houston. After she and Doug married we were fortunate to live down the street from them, where we got to witness the growth of their family and their love for each other.

    Fast forward to Israel where Beth was always the friendly face I needed during my extended stays. She was there to provide a home cooked meal and to share her great family with me. I am not sure she knew how much that meant to me. It set Maha’s heart at ease to know that Beth was taking care of me.

    Her investment in our lives will greatly exceed her time on earth.

    George & Maha Hatfield
  15. Dearest Doug and sons… Your return to Israel allowed me the privilege of two chapters with Beth, and she was one of the most magnificent women I have ever known. Beth had countless superpowers – keen intellect, boundless energy, limitless generosity and kindness, unique creativity, and a larger-than-lifesize heart. I particularly loved her sense of humor, especially when it came to her sons. When your family left Israel, although Beth and I were an ocean apart, I really appreciated that she stayed in touch, and she was a true friend. Please know you are all in my heart and in my prayers. ❤️

    Rebecca Kimelman
  16. Dear Kyle and all of the Smith family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. For the time that we got to know Beth while in Israel she was always a beacon of light. Her smile and positive vibes will always be in our memories.

    We remember the sweet tea that Beth would make, the Texas flag that was hung at your home, building school projects with you (volcano project), and the love for your dogs.

    May Beth rest in peace

    From: Ben Chernick & Marina Dubov

    Ben Chernick & Marina Dubov
  17. I met Beth and family when they came to Israel and the kids studied at the AIS (American International School) in Israel. Beth was the Mom of three of “my kids”, Wes, Kyle and Alex. I was their Spanish teacher. Beth was a very charismatic person, a supportive parent and had an awesome sense of humor.
    From Israel, I’m sending each of you a big hug and may her memory be a blessing.
    Rest in Peace sweet Beth.
    Loretta Cohen

    Loretta Cohen
  18. So sorry to hear about Beth. May you and your find comfort in the One she loved and followed. Her faith has now become sight. We rejoice in the time she had in Israel and the lives she touched here.

    Please know the your family and Beth are not forgotten and we continue to lift you up.

    Herbby & Anne


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