Anna Elisabeth Smith

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November 12, 1991 ~ August 28, 2011

Anna Elisabeth Smith, 19, of Normangee entered into her eternal rest on Sunday, August 28, 2011. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, September 3, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Normangee beginning at 10:00 am. She will be laid to rest next to her family at Hopewell Cemetery following the church services. Visitation will be held on Friday, September 2, in the Cozart Funeral Home Chapel from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Services have been entrusted to Cozart Funeral Home.

Brian Smith and Cindy Bartnett have had the privilege and honor of parenting Anna Smith. Their miracle was brought into this world November 12, 1991 in College Station, TX. Anna was raised in Normangee were she was a very active youth and accomplished many things. She helped her Little Dribblers team win the national championship four times and played several seasons of softball with similar success. Anna was an active 4-H member and loved the FFA. As an FFA member, Anna learned to raise various animals for show and enjoyed competing in horse riding events. She loved music, art, fishing, participating in the community, and driving her little red car while loving life.

Anna also had an active school life where she was a junior high cheerleader. In later years she was an accomplished leader when she held many offices in National Honor Society and Student Council. Her talents helped her excel in competitions like University Interscholastic League. She was adored by her classmates and was elected to Senior Duchess and Football Sweetheart. Anna graduated from Normangee High School with Honors and enrolled in college at Texas A&M. At her passing Anna was attending Mays School of Business at A&M. Anna has accomplished so much in such a short time on earth and all while fighting against her illness and her family is so proud of her for never giving up hope.

Anna was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Bernard Robert and Beverly Claire Smith of Great Barrington, Mass.

She is survived by her parents, Cynthia “Cindy” Bartnett and Brian Joseph Smith; adored by her maternal grandparents Dr. William A. II and Shirley Bilsing; her brothers, Bernie Smith, Asa, Eli, Austin and Tyler Bartnett; aunts and uncles, Billy and Kay Bilsing, and cousin Tammy and her child Creek; Kimber and Todd Butler and their children Bryanna, Chelsea, and Emily; Bert and Heather Bilsing and their children Bo, Cassie, and Serinity; Steve and Arleen Bilsing and their children Leah, Adam, and Andrew; Dean and Tracey Bilsing and their Sam and Hugo; Paul and Karen Bilsing and their daughter Jessica; Kathryn Bilsing and her son Duncan; Sherry and Mark Graham and their son Gavin; Steve Tenalio and Michael Ray; Bernadette Musgrave and her son Tyler; and Barbara and Bob Denley; Stepfather and family, Robert Bartnett, Cheryl Keller and Daniel, Kathleen Shwarz, and RC and Allie.

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  1. Please know all of Anna’s family and friends are in my prayers. I am so blessed to have known Anna and enjoyed some of her fabulous homemade fudge!!! She is loved and missed by so many. What an impact she had on those that knew her and many that did not! May God carry each of you through the upcoming days. I pray you will feel His arms holding and comforting you! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful and beautiful young woman with us!

  2. Anna was such a delightful and beautiful young lady. We enjoyed watching her grow up and love her very much. She will be greatly missed. Much love and sympathy to her family.

  3. My prayers go out to the family. Anna was truly an inspiration and miracle to all. She took a piece of my heart shortly after I met her. She will be truly be missed but never forgotten.

  4. No child could have been more loved and cherished than your sweet Anna. Please know I am embracing you with my love in this difficult time. Much Love Kathryn Bilsing and Duncan Wheeler

  5. I didn’t really know Anna, but knew of her spirit, and as Rebekah Isbell’s grandmother, I saw Anna often at school events and was always uplifted each time I saw this beautiful girl’s smile. She was so brave and had such determination. God bless each of you.

  6. Dr. Wm & Mrs Bilsing, Our deepest symapthies and may God’s love, peace be with you & your family during your time of the loss of your grandaughter, Anna. My father, Paul Surovik, & family mowed your mothers yard for many years in College Sta., so I feel like a longtime friend of the family. Keeping your family in our prayers, Love, In Christ, Lillian (Surovik) Beasley

  7. My sincerest condolences to the family. Losing a child has to be one of the hardest experiences to get through and accept. With divine assistance, all things are possible. Anna sounded like someone you should all be proud of. Remembering the good will help get you through this rough time.

  8. Anna, I am certainly going to miss your beautiful smiling face. I will always have a warm spot in my heart for you while remembering your “SPECIAL” ritual (standing on your hands and popping your spine which you sometimes performed to improve your PFT’s. I know you have moved on to a more special and beautiful place with the Lord. Now enjoy your Rest.

  9. Our little “Charmin” was a beautiful young woman and we all feel your grief at her passing. Just know you and your family are in our prayers and Anna is smiling at you from heaven. Our love to you all.

  10. Cindy & Brian,
    We are so deeply sorry for the loss of such a beautiful young lady! She is in the Lord’s hand and not in pain any longer and you have wonderful memories and were blessed for the time you had her. We prayer you feel the healing through your memories.

    Love you all, Marie & Tim

  11. Dear Brian,

    I am sorry to hear about Anna. She will now be your Angel to watch over you.

    May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

    Peace and Light,

  12. There are no words to express the sorrow and pain your family feels at this time.

    May the wonderful memories always remind you of the love you both cherished.

    1Cor. 15:22
    “the one above is here to carry us through at our weakest moment”

  13. Prayers going out to the family….. She will be missed…. so glad that I and my kids got to be a part of her life during school at Normangee….She was a Trooper…

  14. Brian, Karla and I are sorry for your loss. You and your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers

    Ray and Karla Williams

  15. the one thing that always sticks with me is that she always had that big beautiful smile with those dimples on her face!!!when went to see you Anna in Hospital we was all bound to cheer you up and well you are the one who keep telling jokes and smiling and laughing and keep us smiling and laughing you are truly one of the most awesome sweet young lady’s i have ever meet in life you are forever in my heart ..Love you and miss you

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