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Lisa Smith, a tribute

Posted: January 6, 2010 9:33 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Lisa Smith, a wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin, neighbor and wonderful friend to so many here in the Saugus and Valencia communities, passed away recently with her loving family at her side.

Lisa was certainly a multi-dimensional person, but I knew her best as a fellow baseball mom, watching our sons play ball together at Saugus High School. Lisa was truly a person who went out of her way to be welcoming and friendly to new families like ours.

Lisa, with her high school sweetheart Bill, was highly visible in the youth baseball and softball world of Santa Clarita for many years.

Their son Shawn, a Saugus High School graduate, pitches for the minor league Tampa Bay affiliate Rays, and her daughter Jessica is a student at Valencia High School and a member of the Valencia High softball team.

Lisa embodied so many wonderful qualities which are highly valuable, but also so rare, like genuineness. I also witnessed her courageousness and her dauntlessness, even when the challenges seemed overwhelming.

As a longtime baseball/softball parent, Lisa worked tirelessly for the benefit of not only her two gifted children, but on behalf all the kids who played with her children throughout the years. Lisa represented the best of how parents should conduct themselves on behalf of their children involved in team sports.

She was supportive, endlessly hardworking on behalf of the team and she believed everyone's kids were talented, deserving of fairness and were winners. She stayed out of the politics and rooted as loudly for others' children as she did for her own.

Even when Lisa's health became a factor, she would forge ahead, tirelessly and efficiently doing what only she could do so well in her capacity as team mom - going above and beyond to provide each player with thoughtful, lasting memories of those brief years of playing ball together, and their accomplishments.

It goes without saying, no one who knew Lisa felt she would lose this fight with cancer, not with her combination of tenacity, joy for life and endless optimism.

Lisa's leaving has left a hole in many hearts far and wide, from all different corners of her life. It leaves one in awe of witnessing a life well-lived, but wrenchingly, one far too brief.

She had many more games to attend and was looking forward to all of the spring and summer seasons in the future.

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