Lisa June Laird of Greenwood, Arkansas, formerly of Waldron, Arkansas passed from this life, Saturday, March 4, 2023 in Greenwood. Lisa was born November 20, 1968 to Daniel G. Laird Jr. and Suzy (Hestand) Laird. She was 54 years old.
Lisa enjoyed many hobbies including watching movies with her daughters, shopping and doing interior design. She had a knack for making any house feel like a warm and welcoming home. Lisa really enjoyed talking about her children and grandchildren and loved every minute she got to spend surrounded by family.
Lisa worked for Gateway House for many years and was passionate about recovery. She was instrumental in getting the Specialized Women's Services (SWS) program started at Gateway, she was the first SWS Coordinator for the Fort Smith program. Lisa knew the importance of family reunification and worked tirelessly to promote the goal of SWS - mothers and children remaining together while in treatment. Through Lisa's efforts and continued support, many families are together and thriving today. Her work, dedication and enthusiasm will never be forgotten.
Donations to Gateway, a part of Harbor House, Inc., can be sent to: Harbor House, Inc. PO Box 4207 Fort Smith, AR 72914. Credit card donations can be made by calling (479)785-4083 and asking for the billing department.
Lisa leaves behind to cherish her memory, her children: Lindsey Michelle Browder and Ryan Matthew Rose both of Boles, Arkansas; Christian Jackson of Memphis, Tennessee; Crystal Corgill of Fort Smith, Arkansas, her parents, Suzy Laird of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Dan Laird and wife Vicky of Waldron, Arkansas as well as her siblings: Susannah and husband John Stearns of Corpus Christi, Texas and Daniel and wife Rivers Laird of Navarre, Florida. "Nana" Lisa will forever remain in the hearts of her granddaughters whom she adored: River Browder, Presley Browder and Emma Rose. Lisa will be missed by all that knew her and the many whose lives she impacted including 4 nephews, 1 niece and a host of extended family and friends she loved dearly.
Lisa's memorial life celebration will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 10, 2023 at the Waldron United Methodist Church with Cindy Franklin officiating. Arrangements and cremation are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home & Crematory in Waldron, Arkansas.
You may leave words of comfort and remembrance for Lisa's family by visiting: www.heritagememorialfh.com.
I'd like the memory of me
to be a happy one
I'd like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done
I'd like to leave an echo whispering
softly down the ways
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days
I'd like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
Of happy memories that I leave,
when life is done.
Footprints in the Sand
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life. This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. "Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me."
The Lord replied, "My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you."