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Frances "Fran" Labouisse (Howe) Smith

July 13, 1966 ~ June 9, 2021 (age 54)







Frances Labouisse Smith (Fran), 54, of Wade, NC passed away on June 9, 2021, at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC after a courageous five-and-a-half-year battle with breast cancer. 

Her battle with cancer showed her courage in facing life challenges with a smile, enjoying life to the fullest. No matter what was going on during her journey in life her presence left an impact on every life she encountered with her radiant smile of joy, peace, and love. She loved helping people from her job to everyone around her.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Butler Funeral Home in Stedman.

Fran was born July 13, 1966 in New York City. She graduated high school from the Purnell School in Bedminster, NJ. She earned a degree from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH. 

She was married to Calvin Smith who was the love of her life. His dedication and devotion to her was unparalleled and he brought her happiness and joy every day.  

Fran adored her two “puppies” and had a passion for camping and road trips in their RV. She exhibited constant strength and positivity despite the many health challenges she faced. She was a loyal, loving and devoted wife, sister, stepmother, daughter, aunt and friend. She was very involved with South River Community Church in Wade, NC. Fran was truly grateful for the strength she gained and the time she spent with her breast cancer support group.  

Fran is survived by: her husband Calvin, father and stepmother Nat & Kenny Howe of Greenwich, CT; her twin brother and sister-in-law Nat & Mimi Howe of Charleston, SC; her brother and sister-in-law John & Amber Howe of Park City, Utah; her stepdaughter and husband -in law Caitlin & Tim Briggs of Cornersville, TN; her stepson and daughter-in-law Matt & Tess Smith of Lillington, NC and stepson and granddaughter Jeff Smith & Makenzie Smith of Stedman, NC and lifelong friend Janine Lepage of Spring Lake, NC.

Fran is predeceased by her mother Isabelle Labouisse Howe of Greenwich, CT.

The family wishes to thank all those at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center who provided compassionate, loving support and care to Fran over the years.  

Services entrusted to Butler Funeral Home, 6535 Clinton Road, Stedman, NC  28391.

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June 15, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Butler Funeral Home

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