Shawna Elkins Smith
June 11, 1964  -  May 5, 2018

Shawna Elkins Smith

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Penasco School
12 Pinon Dunken Rd, Hope, NM 88250
Hope, NM  88250
Saturday, May 12, 2018
10:00 a.m.
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Last Round Up Cemetery
Dunken, NM  

Shawna Elkins Smith, 53; mother, sister, daughter and dear friend to all, passed peacefully on May 5,2018 In San Antonio, TX.

Shawna was born In Pecos, TX on June 11,1964 to Sam and Jeannie Elkins. She attended grade school between Penasco Elementary and Weed High, both nearby the family ranch in Dunken, NM. She later graduated from Artesia High School in 1982, prompting her studies at New Mexico State University. Shawna also attended Flight Attendant School in Miami, PL After college, Shawna married ex-husband, Cullen Smith, and moved south to the Houston, TX area where she raised her two children; son Brannon and daughter Kayla. She owned and operated a local restaurant/gift shop there for several years before moving back to New Mexico in 2007, where she took ownership of her parent’s business, The Turquoise Shop, In Cloudcroft, N.M.

An avid traveler, cook, movie-lover and biker; Shawna's real, abiding passions were her family and friends. She sought to instill in her loved ones a zest for life, a commitment to family and friends, and the power of a genuine smile.

Shawna is preceded in death by her beloved parents, Sam and Jeannie Elkins. She is survived by her two children, Brannon Smith of Midland, TX and Kayla Smith of Albuquerque, NM, as well as her two brothers, Alden and Randy Elkins of Pinon, N.M.

The family also wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at University Hospital and Christus Sister Mary Hospice Center in San Antonio, T.X. for all of their support in her final days.

Funeral services will be held at Penasco Elementary School Auditorium on Saturday May 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. with burial to will follow at "The Last Roundup" Cemetery in Dunken, NM. A potluck dinner will be available to anyone who wishes to attend at the Dunken Fire Station after the services.


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  1. Lynn Doyle
    Lake Jackson, TX

    I will miss this beautiful loving and giving friend. Brannon & Kayla you own the wonderful attributes your mom had and you will carry them throughout your lifetime. My prayers will continue to help lift you up.

  2. Pam Shaw
    Warner Robins, GA

    My condolences to friends and family of Shawna. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I will miss her even though we didn’t live close we still kept in touch. I lived vicariously through Shawna, she was always doing wonderful things with her friends and family. Shawna you will be missed!

  3. Susie and Robin Oden
    Midland, TX

    Robin and I send our sincere condolences to Shawna's family and many friends. Her beautiful beaming smile and zest for life will be missed by many. Praying for Peace and Comfort for all those who knew and loved this special lady with a beautiful heart.

  4. Bob & Bev Evans
    Alamogordo, NM

    For the family of Shawna, so sorry we just viewed this in the newspaper today. We loved your Mom and Dad, and Shawna. Bob is a distant cousin, as Bob's mother was Sam's second cousin. Praying for the family.

  5. Shirley Mayer
    Tijeras, NM

    Shawna, I was honored to get to know you on Facebook because we both knew several of the same good friends. I instantly knew you were a Wonderful, Beautiful. Loving, Kind, Caring and Sweet Lady I wanted to be Good Friends with. We both agreed we had so much in common and were looking forward to you when you were up in Albuquerque giving your Daughter, Kayla a Baby Shower for your First Grandbaby, a Darling, Precious Lil Boy soon! I was so anxious to help you in anyway I could get settled in your home down in Old Town and the Baby Shower. I knew we could be the Best of GFFs! You are Beautiful Inside and Out and your Smile is Contagious! You have the Best Personality and someone I knew I wanted to be around! I admired you so much for enjoying & living your life to it's fullest! I was amazed at how much you did, accomplished, helped others, and worked so hard and seemed to never get any rest! I was absolutely Devasted to hear the news of your horrific accident after a wonderful day riding your Harley with your Son, Brannon and some good friends down in Texas to see the Beautiful Bluebonnets! None of us Understand why our Good Lord takes some of the Very Best of his own so early in their lives but it is not for us to know! He gained a Beautiful, Amazing, Faithful Angel and I know you are in a Beautiful Place in Heaven and restored to Perfect Health and Singing with the Angels and with your Lovely Parents! I Pray I will meet you in Glory some wonderful Judgement Day! I Love You, Shawna!

  6. Carol Hudson
    Cloudcroft, NM

    Such a beautiful person Shawna. You were taken from us much too soon but you will be in our hearts forever. Rest in peace beautiful lady.

  7. Robert Archut
    Alamogordo, NM

    Dawn and I are so sad at the loss of our friend Shawna . She was a wonderful woman and good friend . Peace be with her family and friends . We had many good times riding bikes with her and it had become one of her passions . She is loved by many . 🙏

  8. Timmy and Tammy Klein
    Hope, NM

    Sending our thoughts and prayers to all of Shawna's family and friends. We are so very sorry for your loss. We pray that your memories help to carry you throughout this very sad time.

  9. Linda Vos
    Cloudcroft, NM

    Dearest Shawna, we will not be attending the funeral. Please forgive
    us as Charlotte is in the ICU at
    Gerald Champion. I know you will
    Understand because as the three of us used to say, we are not just friends, we are a very small gang.
    We send strength and love to the
    Family. No words can express the
    Loss we feel. Please help Charlotte
    From up above. We will always love
    Linda Vos
    Charlotte Green

  10. Carol Mechler
    West Bexar County, TX

    Sending my heartfelt condolences to Shawna’s children, brothers, family, and friends. So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest In Peace Shawna.

  11. Don & Jerrie Alam
    Artesia, NM

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Shawna. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this sad time. May she rest in peace.

  12. Stephanie Tilton
    Lake Arthur, NM

    Shawna was an inspiration to live life to the fullest. Rest in Peace in the arms of Jesus Shawna.

  13. Kaci Leatherwood
    Lexington, KY

    Rest peacefully sweet friend. You will be missed far beyond words.

  14. Kristi Gear
    Casa Grande, AZ

    What a beautiful angel!! Forever in my heart my sweet sister !! We have tons of precious memories,!! Thoughts and prayers, Love and hugs to your beautiful Kayla, Brannon and entire family !! I love you Shawna!!!! Rest In Peace and fly high!! Til I see you again!!
    ❤️❤️ your lil sister “Duster”.

  15. Spencer Gandy
    Ruidoso, NM

    My Sweet, Lovely, Awesome Friend. I will never forget our Friendship, You are one of my Best Friends and I will miss you, but I will always remember our time together because there was never a dull moment, when we were around each it was full of great times. You were a very awesome part of my life, and I will always smile when I think of you. Fly with the Angels Shash......

  16. Seth Wilson
    Hope, NM

    I had known Shawna since she was a first crush kind of lady in grade school. She was an awesome person with a zest for life. She will be missed and remembered

  17. LuAnn Beardemphl
    Lubbock, TX

    My heart is heavy with Shawna's passing. What a wonderful, vibrant young woman she was. I was privileged to get to know Shawna better when I went to work at PVT. It did not take me long for me to learn what made her tick...her family. She loved you all with her whole heart...a heart that was bigger than her body. She embraced life with zest and commitment and was loyal to her roots. I am blessed to have known her. Her smile was contagious. My love and prayers are with you now and in the future. May your memories sustain you and comfort you until you meet again. God bless you, my friends.

  18. Pam Gray
    Artesia, NM

    I am still at a loss of words over the loss of Shawna! My heart goes out for all her family and friends! I will miss that smile and that big heart! Continued prayers for healing hearts!

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