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Roberta Lynne Dowell- Smart

December 13, 1951 ~ March 31, 2018 (age 66)

Roberta Lynne Dowell Smart, 66, of Amarillo died Friday, March 30, 2018.

A Celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 2:00 P.M. at Washington Ave. Christian Church. She went to her heavenly home on Good Friday, March 30, 2018.

Roberta was born on December 13, 1951 to Bob and “Porkie” Dowell in Amarillo. Her parents were in the restaurant business and owned Bob Dowell’s Café. Roberta attended Bivins Elementary, Austin and Crockett Middle Schools and graduated from Tascosa High School in 1970. She was very involved in choir with the “Crockett Singers” and “Tascosa LeChanteurs”. Both were the “top” choirs! She continued singing throughout her life. She sang in the choir at Paramount Terrace Christian Church and was in the PTTC Christmas Pageant for several years. One of her greatest joys was her gospel singing group ONE SPIRIT. The friendship with those ladies is truly amazing. She also loved easy listening music.

She attended Texas Tech and West Texas State Universities and was on the bowling team at WT. While there she worked at Amarillo Globe News in the sports department and since then, stayed in contact with “the guys”. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from WTSU in 1980 and worked at Amarillo College in several different departments. She started in the public information office and also worked in Purchasing, Workforce Development, and the Criminal Justice Department. Roberta retired from AC in 2014. Many friendships were made during that time.

Roberta also co-owned The Cakery of Amarillo with her business partner, Geneva Naylor. They made specialty and unusual cakes long before “Cake Wars”. They opened on July 9, 1980 and closed in November of 1993. Another one of Roberta’s business ventures was Curves. She made a difference in the lives of so many of her “women” and was encouragement for all of them.

She met the love of her life, Nickie Charles Smart when they were both working at the Grand Bowl. The rest is history… an amazing love story. They married on September 22, 1984 in Amarillo and are now a “Match Made in Heaven”. After retiring, they travelled all over the United States on several different trips. She was an excellent planner and organizer. They drove everywhere and explored back roads. She loved getting off the beaten path to see more than main roads. Along with Roberta and Nick, Becky loved to join on those trips, they were quite a threesome.

She enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, her movie girls group, entertaining, crafts, music, bible studies, Christmas, riding around, Cherry Limes, seeing the fall foliage, playing blackjack, fireworks, making new friends… Roberta loved her family… she loved life.

As per her request, please wear bright colors to celebrate with us.

She is survived by her husband Nick Smart; her sister Becky Drinnon; and a multitude of friends and family.

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