Kimberly Dean Smith
Kimberly Dean Smith or just Kim, lived in Silsbee her whole life. After graduating Silsbee High School she became a bank teller and she kept that position her whole life. But to be fair she loved that position taking care of the public, getting to know her customers, their lives and helping them with banking needs. Because of her great ability to remember details she and her customers could keep on-going conversations that spanned many months between contact. Both at Silsbee State Bank and Community Bank of Texas she was often offered management opportunities and advancement, but her passion was working with the daily needs of her customers.
With her husband Kenneth, she got to travel and explore cities throughout the US. Big on her list of must see items were always the zoos and animal attractions. Together with her husband, she experienced Jamaican zip-lining through the island forest. Swimming and feeding sting rays in the shallow Bahamas waters. Cruising with the top down through the Ozark mountains and back roadways. She was a partner with her husband in exploring cities and seeking adventures.
Her greatest dreams were having a new house with a big kitchen. A laundry room that wasn’t outside and her dream of retiring young and just being a homebody, wife.
She was loved by so many people because of her care for others. The side that most people never saw was because of her quite nature and private homeyness. She liked being at home. She liked simple and plain.
In 2014 just after moving into her new home she suffered a major stroke and indeed did retire young however not on the terms of her choice. Her strong support of her parents, Dwight and Fredia Dean and other family members were a great source of needed assistance through her disability. She will be missed by many.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 2 at Pinecrest Baptist Church in Silsbee.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Smith of Silsbee; parents, Dwight and Fredia Dean of Silsbee; and brother, Cain Dean of Lumberton.