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Lynn Alice Smith
updated: Jan 30, 2013, 5:14 PM

Lynn Alice Smith. Born in Walnut Creek, California on June 3, 1957 - Left this Earth on January 28, 2013 at 4:55 am.

Lynn was born to Harvey and Beverly Smith, in Walnut Creek, California, on June 3, 1957. She grew up on her families ranch in Antioch, California. She graduated from Westmont College, Montecito, CA, in 1980, with a Bachelors Degree in Business & Economics. She started a career in real estate in 1980, working as the office administrator at Alexander Velto, Realtors, in Montecito. In October of 1982, she began her sales career with Coldwell Banker. She had also been a Trust Officer at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust from 1984 to 1986. She obtained her broker's license in 1986 and handled the onsite leasing for the Riverfront Business Park and Sheffield Properties. She returned to Santa Barbara in 1988 and resumed her real estate career. Few knew she was also a licensed contractor. She loved working on her house and lush gardens surrounding her La Conchita home, and could often be seen tearing through the neighborhood on her golf cart chatting it up with her friends and neighbors. She was dedicated, driven and full of the utmost integrity as she assisted each client with many life changing decisions. Lynn will undoubtedly be most remembered for outrageous laugh, one of a kind sense of humor and passion for everything she did.

Lynn was a fascinating, intense and outspoken person. Traveller - her favorite destinations being Australia and Hawaii Articulate, pointed, dry Reader, Viewer, Listener Loving Mom to her animals Curious George afficionado Emulator of Speed Racer Lifeguard Scavenger Self Sufficient Builder of sand castles Independent Matter of Fact Commodore of her own boat Jet Ski & Motorcycle Master Repairer of houses with "scotch tape and bobby pins" Master grower of palms, orchids and succulents Equestrian and lover of horses Born ready!!!

Lynn waged a valiant, tireless fight against cancer. She was determined and optimistic right to her final hour. She was courageous and inspiring to us all. She quietly and peacefully left us with her faithfull and beloved four legged companion- Callie who lay sleeping beside her.....as she headed off on her next journey following a beautifully lit path at 4:55 AM on January 28, 2013.

She is survived by her father, Harvey Smith. Brother Jeff and wife Cindy and their children Jeffry, Steven and Jon, brother Daniel and his children Daniel II and Amber. Her dog Callie and her 3-legged cat Michael. She was preceded in death by her beloved mother, Beverly Smith.

Lynn also leaves her treasured friend and fellow adventurist Laura Ringquist, the Garth family who had adopted Lynn some 17 years ago and has been Lynn's nearest farm style retreat since. Second Mom- Carolyn and the two sister-like friends- Wendy and Jennie Garth who lovingly nicknamed Lynn "Smithy". Add to that a rich mix of others- such as her advocate and buddy- Gregg Patronyk, dear friends Daniel Waltz and Carole Sneathen, mentors Bob Ruccione and Debbie Merlo, lifelong friend Jeff Oien, and all of her Coldwell Banker family, with special thanks to Alva Gutierrez, Karen Spechler, Patty Schwartzkopf, Andrea Pighetti, Sean Sedar, Mike Woodard, John Chufar, Robert Johns and Brenda Blalock. "Many thanks goes to La Conchita team who unselfishly gave many hours of help either driving Lynn to the hospital or by protecting and polishing up Lynn's beautiful home. "Long live & love La Conchita!"

There are countless others just as special to Lynn that are not named here, but you know who you are and the special bond you had with her. We look forward to reuniting everyone at the upcoming service and hope you will share with us your funny stories of your time with Lynn. Lynn's passing leaves a huge hole in all of our lives....She will be impossible to forget and missed deeply by everyone who loved her.

A Celebration of Lynn's Life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church. To be notified of the date and time, please call Jeff Oien at 681-8122 or email: jeff@villagesite.com

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