Amanda passed away unexpectedly on the morning of June 4, 2023. Amanda was born on July 27, 1975, to Patrick and Barbara Smith, in Chicago Heights, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor's Degree in nursing. She also obtained her Nurse Practitioner degree from Gonzaga University.
Amanda spent the majority of her childhood in St. Charles, Missouri. As a child, Amanda enjoyed athletics and particularly excelled at track. She was a fun-loving sister with a smile and laugh that would light up a room.
Las Vegas was her home for the past 20 years. She enjoyed showing friends and family the attractions in Vegas during many visits. She taught her younger brother how to play a myriad of casino games, and laughed about getting carded at Caesars Palace when she tried to teach Paul how to play craps. Amanda was always up for an adventure, including several trips to South Dakota for the Sturgis motorcycle rally.
On July 11, 2018, Amanda welcomed her daughter Maddy Barbara Ruiz into the world. Maddy was Amanda's pride and joy. She loved being a mom, spending time with her daughter, and sharing stories about Maddy with her family.
Amanda is survived by her daughter Maddy Ruiz; father Patrick Smith; step-mother; Sue Smith; sister Kimberly Franke; brothers Patrick and Paul Smith; nieces Hannah and Rachel Franke; nephews Luke Franke, Noah, Caden, and Ian Smith. She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Smith. Amanda will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Amanda's life ended way too soon, but her memory will live on in all of those who were fortunate to call Amanda a friend, sister, daughter, aunt, or Mom.
A memorial service will be held on June 19, 2023, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM at Davis Funeral Home, 6200 South Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV. A funeral mass and burial will be held at a later date in St. Louis, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the non-profit Care Coalition ( https://www.carecoalitionnv.org/donate ) in Las Vegas, Nevada.