laura jane elder
September 30, 1971 ~ July 28, 2022

Laura Jane Elder

A viewing will be held at Rushing Estes Knowles Funeral Home in Uvalde, Texas on Friday, August 12th from 5pm to 7pm. A private burial service will take place on the morning of Saturday August 13th.

Please join the family in a Fiesta celebration of her life at Elderado Stables in Uvalde on Saturday, August 13th from 7pm to 11pm. We will toast Laura Jane and have some sweet words at sunset.

Laura Jane Elder entered the gates of heaven on July 28th, 2022 at the age of 50 after a very courageous battle fighting ALS. She was born in San Antonio Texas on September 30, 1971 to Frankie and Frank Weed, Jr. Laura Jane graduated from Uvalde High School and continued her undergraduate education at Texas A&I Kingsville. She went on to get her masters degree from Sul Ross State University. Laura Jane taught school in Uvalde before meeting the love of her life, Joe, and starting their family.

Laura Jane had a passion for Christ. She was a devout Christian and was a true witness to Christ. She was forever encouraging family, friends and strangers to follow Him. Her devotion to family, horses, fair competition and charity was evident in her daily life. Laura Jane spent much of her young life involved in youth rodeo. She also participated in 4-H, showing horses, sheep and Angora goats. In 1990, Laura Jane was crowned Miss Mohair Texas. She served 11 years on the Board of Directors for the Uvalde Youth Rodeo Club, along with being very active in Region VI and VIII Texas High School Rodeo Association. Laura Jane not only coached and gave confidence to her own girls, but every other child participating in youth rodeo.

February 10, 1942 ~ July 2, 2022

Lana Craft Smidt

A memorial service and reception will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Redeemer United Church of Christ, 7415 Gin Road, Marion, Texas 78124. Interment of the ashes of Lana and Don Smidt will be private to the family.

Lana Jo Craft Smidt passed away much too soon on July 2, 2022, at the age of 80. She was born in Stanford, Texas on February 10, 1942, to Joe and Lavelle Craft. Lana graduated from Harlandale High School in San Antonio, Texas, in 1960. She continued her education at Southwest Texas State where she was a proud member of the original class of Strutters, which would lead her to adventures like dancing in the Inaugural Parade for President John F. Kennedy.

Lana was a beautiful woman with a generous soul who lived each day with excitement, curiosity, and Christ's love. She was a devout Christian who loved Jesus and spent much of her time being an example of His stewardship. Throughout her life, Lana was dedicated to volunteer work and community service. From being a Candy Striper to being a docent at the Witte Museum, Lana found purpose in brightening other people's days. She was a proud recipient of the 2008 Humanitarian Award from the Order of the Hermann Sons in Texas; a part of the Texas Film Commission; the President of the South Central Conference UCC 2001-2003; recipient of the Information Desk Coordinator '85-'86 Appreciation Award; and a member of the Committee on Women's Ministry of UCC where she served as the Moderator and Director of the June 2009 Conference. Before entering the Heavenly Kingdom, Lana was able to be a hero to others, and give the gift of life by donating three organs.

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