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Sara Kay (Smith) Barraza

March 20, 1966 — June 3, 2019

El Paso, Texas

Our beloved daughter and mother, Sara Kay Smith Barraza, was called Home by the Lord unexpectedly on June 3, 2019 where she was warmly embraced by her brother Michael David Smith and sister Julia Lynn Smith.

She was born March 20, 1966 in Elkhart, Indiana. She graduated from Elkhart Central High School and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Later, she became a traveling nurse and relocated to El Paso, Texas where she worked at University Medical Center (UMC) since 1992 as neo-natal intensive care nurse and later became a case manager for the hospital.

Sara loved spending time with her family & her dogs and enjoyed listening to music.

Left to cherish her memories are her daughters, Olivia Marie Barraza and Madison Grace Barraza; and parents, George W. & Marilyn G. Behnke Smith.

Visitation will be from 2-5 pm Saturday, July 13th at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd. Elkhart. A Celebration of Life Service will be at Trinity United Methodist Church at 12:30 pm on Sunday July 14th. Rev. Tim Burchill will officiate. Inurnment will be in Rice Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church or the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children.

Online condolences may be sent to the Smith Barraza family at the funeral home website.


Trinity United Methodist Church Children and Music Ministries
2715 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart IN 46516

Shriner's Hospital for Children
2211 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago IL 60707

To send flowers to the family in memory of Sara Kay (Smith) Barraza, please visit our flower store.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

2:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home

1531 Cobblestone Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46514

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Celebration of Life

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Starts at 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

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