Lucille Dean Smith

Our beloved, Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, Lucille Dean Smith age 94 successfully completed her earthly mission on April 25, 2020 in St. George, Utah.

Lucille was born April 17, 1926 in Safford, Arizona, second child to Clifford Arnold Dean Sr. and Debra Matthews Dean. She was sealed in the Mesa, Arizona Temple to George Humphries Smith (later divorced). Together they had six children.

She graduated from high school and attended Gila College in Thatcher, AZ. She began teaching at 19 years old. Lucille loved being a teacher and prided herself in being able to teach all her Kindergartners to read before going to first grade. She was a champion of phonics, which was the key to this success.

Lucille was always happy to learn as a child and loved seeing that many of her students enjoyed coming to school and learning from her.  She kept their attention by doing fun songs and fingerplays.  During her career she taught mostly Kindergarten, but also taught other elementary grades. She taught in the Gifted and Talented program as well.

While she had young children, Lucille taught school to support her husband while he got his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees. She taught in Provo Utah, Mesa, Scottsdale and Queen Creek Arizona, and retired after teaching 27 years in Washington City.

Lucille was very crafty and made all her materials for teaching. She was a great seamstress and loved playing/teaching the piano and singing.

She loved to do family history and temple work. She loved sharing family stories with everyone. Lucille was very proud of her pioneer heritage and enjoyed telling anyone who would sit with her for a minute, all about Lucille loved her Heavenly Father and was blessed to always have a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ from when she was very young. She has always been a faithful, devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She willingly accepted and served in numerous callings. She loved the Savior and strived to pattern her life after Him. It was important to her that her children and grandchildren knew of her testimony and her love of the gospel. She lived in such a way that we never questioned her dedication. She displayed unwavering faith in her Savior, especially as she faced numerous trials and challenges. She taught everyone around her the benefit of a good attitude even when facing tremendous trials and had the ability to find the good and blessings that come from very difficult situations.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents Clifford A. Dean Sr. and Debra Matthews Dean, her sister Wilma Stone, her brother Clifford A. Dean Jr., and great grandson Caemen, and grandchildren Maria and Paul.

She is survived by her children Jo Lou Farnham, Shannon Williams, Pamela Divett (Bill), Deanna Bentley, Katrina Prestwich (Blaine), Courtney Smith (Erica).

Lucille has 29 grandchildren, 9 step grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 23 step great-grandchildren.

Near the end of her life, one of Lucille’s daughters showed her a picture of Jesus, and asked her, “Mom, who is this?” Lucille touched the picture, got teary and said, “I can’t wait to see Him!”

We miss her with all of our hearts, yet we know that she has been received into the everlasting arms of our Lord Jesus Christ and is hearing “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

She will be interred in the Washington City Cemetery. A private family graveside service will be held.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Fund.  And please show extra kindness now and always, and have a positive attitude, just as Lucille would have done.

Friends and family are invited to sign Lucille’s online guest book at



Second Visitation




10:00 a.m.
Washington City Cemetery
300 Park View Dr, Washington, UT 84780

Guest Book

9 Responses

  1. Lucille was a wonderful friend. She excelled in teaching and always appreciated those around her.
    We shared many experiences and fun times. I will always remember her with kindness and love.
    She will be missed.

  2. Lucille was a wonderful, kind and special woman. She would give notes of encouragement to the people around her, always complimenting a job well done. I will continue to miss seeing her, but I know she is having a joyful reunion with all of her family in heaven. My condolences to her family left behind.
    Teresa Rimmasch

  3. My heart is sad to have my good friend Lucille return to the presence of our Savior, however i know that she is happy. We enjoyed 25 years of friendship after I moved into Panorama ward. My husband was still working in Salt Lake and when I needed someone to go to a play or somewhere, I’d call and she would be ready to go right away. Many years she was at our home for Sunday dinner. My family all love her too. Lucille is special.

  4. I asked my wife the day Lucille passed away “Did Lucille pass away and we didn’t hear of it?” Coincidence, I think not. We love Lucille and have been blessed by her testimony many many times. Rest In Peace young lady, till we meet again. – Scott and Valerie Smith –

  5. What a lovely, kind and truly decent woman she was. She will be forever missed by those lucky enough to have known her, be they family, friend, or student. Fly high now, with choirs of Angels at your side. May you be blissful forever.

  6. I had the opportunity to teach next to and learn from Lucille during my first years of teaching. She was generous with her talents and ideas. I am sorry for the loss in the hearts of many with her passing, but happy to know if the reunions she is enjoying.

  7. Keeping her loved ones in prayer, our deepest condolences and love to her beloved family and friends.
    She was a remarkable woman, she stood for what the true meaning of love really was.
    God bless you.

  8. I loved Lucille. She was an amazing and awesome woman. She had a beautiful countenance about her. She is doing the Lord’s work. I will miss her.

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