Cayce Lynne Smith

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Cayce Lynne Smith, 42, lover of animals, family, friends, and adventures, departed this life to begin a new chapter, leaving behind her beloved “children”, Bourbon and BD, and all who were blessed to know and love her. She was a veteran of the US Navy, having served aboard the USS Bridge during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Cayce was a free spirit, who possessed a kind and loving soul and always gave more than she had to give. Always the life of the party, her smile truly lit up the room and everyone was drawn to her. She loved traveling, the Piano Room, animals, family, friends, reading, backpacking, hiking, and lounging in her hammock. A karaoke queen, it was difficult to get the mic out of her hands. She was a consummate teller of tales and often would leave her audience in tears.


 We shall celebrate her life on Saturday, August 21, at Dottie’s Country Daisy, 8531 Berry Rd., Bonne Terre, MO 63628. A meal will be served at noon, followed by the memorial service at 1:30.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations are made to KC Pet Project, as it was Cayce’s charity of choice. Please make the donation online at, scroll to find general donations and check the in-memory box and note our Cayce’s name. You can also make the donation by sending a check to KC Pet Project at 7077 Elmwood Ave., Kansas City, MO 64132. Please note the check is in memory of Cayce in the memo.

“Since when are the first line and the last line of any poem where the poem begins and ends”? -Seamus Heaney.  Cayce’s poem is not over.


  1. Ilia Ermoshkin on October 1, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Cayce’s smile was always there in the darkest hours! It was a privilege to serve with her. So sorry for your loss, may she rest in peace…

  2. Sheila Canterberry on August 24, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Sorry for your loss,

  3. Brenda Gibson on August 22, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    So sad. You are in my prayers

  4. Melanie Odgers on August 21, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    My heart goes out to you all. Many prayers

  5. Mike Wells on August 21, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Cayce it was an honor to serve with you in the ET shop on the USS Bridge. So many awesome adventures and times shared abroad and in the US. The world is a darker place without your shining light. I will never forget Tijuana with your parents, the shop newsletter or all of the parties at the house. My condolences to your family. You were one of the good ones, Peace

  6. Pam dement on August 16, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Lynne hotrod and Kyle o am so sorry for your loss. Lynne she sounds like a mini you with a beautiful soul and personality. Rip cayce.

  7. Colleen on August 16, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Cayce was such a positive force to be reckoned with. Her energy and light were infectious and captivated everyone around her. I was so lucky to have known Cayce! She will be dearly missed!

  8. Miriam on August 16, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Lynne, Hotrod, Kyle, Kristi

    In Cacey’s eyes, and through your words, I can see the people who loved her, and whose love carried her on through her life. Her light shone so bright because she was what’s best in each of you … and there’s so much good there.

    You’re in our hearts, and in our prayers, now, and forever.

  9. Bradley Beucke on August 16, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    So sorry for your loss thoughts and prayers for you and your family…love you kiddo

  10. Marsha Bullock on August 16, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    What a beautiful young lady. Our hearts a broken for you Lynne , Hotrod ,Kyle and her children. Keeping you all in our prayers during this difficult time in the days , weeks and months ahead. Love to you my friend❤️

  11. Sam Smith Nickelson on August 16, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    Words can’t express my sadness for the loss of Cayce!! I love you guys and am praying for more great memories remembered than sadness of your HORRENDOUS loss!!

  12. Kathy Tenholder on August 16, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Lynne, Hot Rod & Kyle, I’m totally at a loss for words. There are no words, but please know how much my heart hurts for you all. Love Kathy

    • Mary Ann Siercks on August 17, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      I am so sorry for the family and friends alive. My heart and thoughts go out to you!

      • Jon Presley on August 20, 2021 at 4:06 pm

        To the family of Cayce, I, along with the entire USS Bridge family, send our deepest condolences for your loss. She was a wonderful person, a great shipmate and the Bridge family will miss her dearly. Cayce…Fair winds and following seas.

  13. Dana J Denman on August 16, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    My deepest sympathy for all of you.

  14. Becky on August 16, 2021 at 11:41 am

    So sorry for your loss. Your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers…

    • F.L. Shuler on August 16, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      God’s speed sister. My god have mercy on your children and family.

    • Andrea Richardson on August 16, 2021 at 6:40 pm

      Lynne, Hotrod, & Kyle,
      Sending hugs & love to you all. Cayce was one in a million.

      • Todd Harris on August 17, 2021 at 8:14 pm

        So for your loss Lynn,hotrod,and Kyle. I’m lost for words. Our prayers are with you!
        Todd Harris

  15. Sarah on August 16, 2021 at 11:23 am

    The world is a bit less joyful and a bit more predictable without this beautiful soul. Until we meet again.

    • Suzan Dobra on August 16, 2021 at 1:47 pm

      So sorry for your loss of a beautiful person. My prayers and love are with you, hotrod, kyle and kristi. I love all of you very much.

      • Linda Farmer on August 16, 2021 at 4:20 pm

        So sorry for your loss Lynn, Hotrod and Kyle
        Will keep all of you in our prayers
        The world has lost a beautiful soul

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