It’s possible to come from humble circumstances in Battle Mountain and leave a lasting impression on the state of Nevada, particularly when it comes to children and education, and do it with graciousness, fairness, selflessness and humility.
It’s possible to start as a school board member and PTA leader and become an accomplished legislator who is widely respected from both sides of the political aisle.
It’s possible to have a long-lasting marriage, to raise a family and to set aside time to pursue your passion and serve others.
It’s possible to inspire others by being yourself at all times, by seeking advice of others and by asking yourself before you act, “Will this make my mother proud?”
It’s possible to overcome your apprehension as a young lawmaker in Carson City and eventually take on major issues and negotiate with powerful legislators.
It’s possible to face your battle with cancer with courage and an upbeat attitude.
We know it’s possible because state Sen. Debbie Smith of Sparks, with her husband at her side, showed us it is.
And because she did, she will be an inspiration to others and an example that kindness and fairness can still exist in the world of politics.
Smith died on Feb. 21, about a year after undergoing surgery to remove a malignant tumor from her brain. The longtime state legislator was remembered this past weekend during a memorial service at a packed gym at Sparks High School.
There is no doubt that she made her mom—and the state of Nevada—proud.