Tara’s mother’s sweet words to her daughter.

On October 8, 2012 a light in our lives burned out. The laughter and humor have mellowed, as now only memories of our dear sweet daughter, sister, and friend remain.
Born on the morning of Thursday, November 2, 1979, Tara Elizabeth Smith entered mortality perfected in appearance with black thick strands of hair, beautiful olive skin, and long fingers. Along with her physical traits she was gifted with a nonjudgmental heart, a listening ear and a champion of the underdog. She was a confidant that did not betray your trust and would go to great means to add sunshine to your soul. An actress at heart, she could be the life of the party and have you laughing for hours while she herself was filled with pain. 
Tara was a 1998 graduate of Brighton High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Utah. For the last 11 years she controlled the show at the offices of modern8. She had a love for music that was often shared with those she prized. She had an innate ability to find that perfect song that would bring peace to your heart or a smile to your face just when it was needed most. She loved her siblings and they in turn loved her. She was often more like a mother than a sister as she worried and fretted over their wellbeing and that of her dear and closest friends. While she was frugal with her finances she gave freely of her substance with little expectation of return. 
Tara was a fragile yet stalwart soul who carried the pains of those she loved. She was great to lecture about how wonderful you were, yet had difficulty believing in her worth. She was very private in the effects of negative comments and traumatic experiences throughout her lifetime and coupled with her constant struggle with depression, the weight of these afflictions began to take a toll on her mortal body. When she felt confined in real life, she found solace and happiness in the laughter and love of her favorite movies and T.V. series as well as joy in the community that surrounded them. Unfortunately migraines, anxiety, and severe insomnia not only gave fuel to her depression but also weakened her ability to function on a daily basis. After two weeks of sleepless nights, and as she did on other occasions, she took an extra dosage of medication to help her sleep. However this time, her prayers were answered and the suffering she had so long endured were lifted. We know her smile and laughter have returned and she again is the Tara we all knew, loved, and admired. 
Tara leaves behind her parents Randall and Diane Smith, siblings, Alysha, Justin and Whitney, and the love of her life, nephew Luke Bean. Also surviving her are grandparents, Paul and Alice Smith, aunts and uncles – Terry and Stephanie Smith, Bryon and Connie Smith, Stan and Emily Smith, Kim Smith, Lisa Smith, Bill and Pam Higgins, and many much loved cousins. Also dear to her heart is her second love Max Fackrell, his siblings and parents Niki and Matt, special friends Nate Fackrell, Hillary Hoopes, and her many fellow tweeters and “Lost” lovers as well as those who have been privileged to love and know her. She was preceded in death by her uncle and guardian angel Steven Smith, her maternal grandparents Bill and Goldie Higgins, uncles John and Tom Higgins, and aunt Claire Higgins.
Tara, the pain of your loss is greater than any of us could ever imagine. Yet we find comfort that you have been made whole and the shackles, which have burdened you in mortality, are forever removed and you are free to become the angel you were destined to be. 
Services will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 12:00 noon at the Northridge Ward Chapel located at 11196 South Wasatch Boulevard, Sandy, Utah. Friends may call on Friday evening between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the ward house or Saturday morning from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. prior to the services.
Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah.


I know you are all used to Tara posting collages of beautiful people that she admired. I wanted to post a collage of portraits of Tara created by her little sister, Whitney. For those of you who didn’t know her, Tara was beautiful and wonderful person. As caring as anyone I’ve ever known and as courageous. She was my older sister.

Tara passed away yesterday at her home in Sandy, Utah. She was 32. We will miss her always.

Tara Smith 11/2/79 -10/8/12

(Posted by Justin Smith)




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