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Bobbie Lynn (Santo) Smith

March 26, 1939 — August 6, 2023

Bobbie Lynn Santo Smith, 84, of Belen New Mexico, was reunited with her loved ones who preceded her in death, on Sunday, August 6, 2023.
Bobbie was born in Peralta, NM on Sunday, March 26, 1939 to Judson Lynn Santo and Winnie Mable Miles. Her family owned a dairy farm in Peralta, where she grew up. She was voted "Miss Cow Belle" at the Valencia County Fair where she caught the eye of the love of her life. On Friday, January 20, 1956, Bobbie married John Terrell Smith, and they were married for 57 years when Terry preceded her in entering the kingdom of heaven.
Bobbie is survived by her daughters, Kim Smith Casford and her husband Rich, of Chama, NM and Kelly Smith Collins, and her husband Rusty, of Elephant Butte, NM. Also surviving her are her grandchildren, Kirby Maragulia (Andrew), Kyle Wendland (Katie), Eric Caffrey (Sarah), Shelby Galindo (Dakota), Mat Casford (Amy), Jennifer Griffin (Matt), and Greg Casford(Sarah); as well as 14 great-grandchildren. Bobbie was preceded in death by her sister, Carrie Prue Santo Alexander; and her grandson, Craig Joseph Santo Caffrey. In addition to immediate family, she is survived by so many extended family members, and friends, most especially the Gene and Frances Ray family who referred to her as "Bobbie Darlin'".
Bobbie had a long and rewarding career with the United States Postal Service as a Rural Letter Carrier. She was active in the RLC Union and served as the steward for the state of New Mexico for several years, as well as the Western States Representative for the USPS Quality of Work Life/Employee Involvement initiative. Her dedicated service was honored by awarding her the United States Postal Service Distinguished Service Award. After her retirement, she and Terry moved to Chama, and she became the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad's first "Parlour Car" attendant. She often stated that it was her favorite job and became known as "Granny Smith" to her railroad family.
There is no doubt that she was one of a kind. She loved casinos and bling and telling jokes. Her quick wit and sense of humor was undeniable, and she often had us laughing to the point of tears.
Her family and friends will honor her wishes to "have a party" at her favorite place, Isleta Casino on Thursday, November 2, 2023. In lieu of flowers, donations to The American Lung Association, can be made at www.lung.org. or a charity of your choice.

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