Lindsey Lee Smith, the 20-year-old junior from New Braunfels killed in the car accident Friday night, will be remembered for her happy personality and adventurous spirit.
Smith, an Ad/PR major, attended New Braunfels High School, where she competed in public speaking. She was chosen to be a part of the New Braunfels Youth Leadership, a citizenship and leadership class where the city chooses the leaders from each high school. Lindsey was also an active member of the New Braunfels Church of Christ youth group.
She enjoyed tennis and played on junior varsity team her freshman and sophomore years. She was also actively involved in the theater program. She loved acting and singing and played Annie her senior year in the school musical. Her favorite films included Gidget and My Fair Lady.
Tori Moore, junior biology major from Katy, was Smith’s roommate in Gardner Hall during their freshman year.
“Loving Lindsey leaves you gasping,” said Moore. “She made your sides sore from laughing and your feet ache from following on her adventures. She sang like a bird and danced like an angel and dyed her hair purple because she wasn’t afraid. She loved without looking first. Coming into her life changed yours. We will join hands and pray that we can learn to dance again like Lindsey taught us.”
Smith traveled to South America after her senior year of high school and visited Peru and Ecuador. She studied abroad with the ACU art department during the summer of 2012, visiting England, France, Italy and Spain. She traveled even farther to visit both Australia and New Zealand.
Smith’s parents,Â Todd and Linda, were out of state when they received the phone call that their daughter died in a car wreck when she and her friends were headed to Oplin Dance Hall for a night of two-stepping. Her parents immediately returned to New Braunfels.
Paige Buck, junior marketing major from New Braunfels, had known Lindsey for a long time.
“Lindsey was my best friend,” Buck said. “She was a blessing not only in my life, but everyone’s she met. I will always miss her, but more importantly, I will always love her. I am devastated at the loss of such a great friend, but I know Lindsey is at peace now, and in the midst of all this pain, that gives me some comfort.”
Smith loved to dance and went every week to Oplin to two-step with her friends. She enjoyed dancing in her free time and had recently picked up a hobby of crocheting. She participated in the sophomore act of Sing Song 2012. She was also a part of Seekers of the Word, an ACU drama group.Â On her Facebook profile, it says, “laughing is my favorite pastime.”
Stacy Acton, junior elementary education major from Boulder, Colo., said Smith was full of energy.
“Lindsey is the most vivacious girl I knew,” said Acton. “She loved people with her whole heart and did everything with a passion. She made me laugh harder than anyone else, hugged me close, and always reminded me to never change.”
Erika Tanaka, junior Ad/PR major from Conroe, said she felt blessed to be able to call Lindsey a friend.
“[We] are feeling a bottomless chasm that Lindsey’s joy, laughter and love left us with,” Tanaka said. “To be a friend of Lindsey’s was to feel truly cherished by a woman of God and to know that you always had a true friend by your side.”
Lindsey decided to follow in the footsteps of her parents by attending ACU. During the fall semester of 2012, Lindsey had the opportunity to participate in the Disney College program. She had also recently started working for the president’s office as a student worker. In Monday’s Chapel service dedicated to the accident’s victims, Dr. Phil Schubert, president of the university, said Lindsey had a nickname for him.
“I heard that she referred to me as Schubey-Dooby, but she never said that to my face,” Schubert said. “And you know what, that’s great. I’m going to miss her. I know we all will.”
Zach Stromberg, junior psychology and business financial management major from Putney, Vt., will remember “her beautiful smile, joyous personality and huge heart.”
“We were all blessed to be her best friends. God doesn’t create bad situations, but he sure holds people close to his heart,” Stromberg said.
Another one of Smith’s friends, Cameron Morris, junior youth and family ministry major from Alvin, reminisced about her life and her ability to love.
“The quality of Lindsey’s life was so outstanding that it will still continue on, even though she is gone,” said Morris. “The love that she embodied was a love that can’t be described in words. The joy that she brought to any room that she was in was a blessing to all of us straight from God. I love and miss her so much. I know that I’ll see her again, and I can’t wait till then.”
Lindsey enjoyed going to Camp Bandina and Mo Ranch camps every summer. Rachel Lisk, junior education major from Corpus Christi, went to Camp Bandina with Lindsey every year and got to know her well.
“Lindsey was a free, loving spirit and a wonderful woman of God,” Lisk said. “She was literally the best woman I’ve ever met and never said a negative word about anyone.”
Paige Berry, junior missions major from Houston, posted a sad but hopeful status for Lindsey a few hours after being at the hospital.
“So glad I got to see you tonight Lindsey. You looked so beautiful. I bet you look even more beautiful before Daddy right now. I can’t believe this is real. I don’t know how we’re going to dance without you… But I heard Jesus likes to two-step too.”
Madeline Orr and Elizabeth Weiss contributed to this report.