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Linda Kay Neptune Smith (1941-2021)

Linda Kay Neptune Smith, beloved mother and grandmother, was called to her eternal resting place on November 28, 2021, while surrounded by her loved ones. She was 80 years of age. Linda entered this world on August 27, 1941 in Okmulgee, OK, born to Everett Brown Neptune Sr. and Virginia Graham Tully Neptune. Her family moved to Sweeny, Texas in 1948. Upon graduation from Sweeny High School in 1959, she attended Wharton County Junior College and earned an associate degree in business. After receiving her degree, she began an administrative career working for Brown & Root in Houston providing 20 years of service. It was here she met her wonderful husband, Leonard F. Smith, who worked for Brown & Root as well. They were married on May 15, 1965. In 1987, Linda started working for the American Cancer Society as an Administrative Assistant where she was employed for 20 years. She relocated to Central Texas in 1998 to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren before retiring in 2007. 

Linda had a heart of gold and showed unmeasurable kindness to all. She adored her grandchildren and often would say “they are her little angels sent from heaven”. She will be our forever angel now. Most of all, she was a loving mother to her daughter, Stephanie. She always gave outstanding care and concern for others, while offering forgiveness and compassion. She was led by her passionately devoted faith and generous heart. 

Linda was preceded in death by: her husband, Leonard Smith who died in 1992; and her brother, Everett (Ebbie) Neptune Jr. who died in 2012; and her parents. She is survived by: her daughter, Stephanie Smith Derrick; her son-in-law David Derrick; her three grandchildren, Savannah Derrick, Elaina Derrick, and Dawson Derrick; her soon to be grandson-in-law, Coby Brown; her sister, Diane Neptune Krafka; her sisters-in-law, Mary Sue Neptune and Irene Smith; and her nieces and nephews, Rebecca Neptune Gibson, Elizabeth Neptune Dodge, Laura Krafka Barrios, Rachel Krafka Suiter, Charles Everett Krafka, Katherine Krafka Maloy, Gail Smith Killough, Karen Smith Englebert, Susan Smith Butler, Kevin Smith, John Smith, and Gina Smith Roberts. Linda also leaves behind other family members and friends who she cherished. 

A very special thank you and appreciation to all the staff at Orchard Park of Kyle. To all of them we will be forever grateful for their care and compassion to Linda, whom they nicked name “Linda Lou” in her final years. 

Visitation will be from 5:30pm – 7:00pm on Monday, December 6th at Harrell Funeral Home, located at 1715 Kirby in Kyle, followed by a Rosary service. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10am on Tuesday, December 7th at Santa Cruz Catholic Church in Buda. Graveside Service will follow at Earthman’s Resthaven Cemetery at 3:30pm on December 7th, located at 13102 North Fwy (I-45), Houston, TX 77060. 

Memorial donations may be made in Linda’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association or American Cancer Society. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at

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