Carmen Jo Smalley


smalleyCarmen Jo Smalley, 66 of Leander passed away on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Carmen’s family will gather for visitation on Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Beck Funeral Home, 1700 FM 1431, Cedar Park, TX 78613. A service celebrating Carmen’s life will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 1:00PM at Beck Funeral Home in Cedar Park.

Carmen was born on February 24, 1948 in Hays, Kansas to Joseph and Ruphina Boxberger Herskowitz. Carmen was raised in the Wakeeney, Kansas, spent her teenage years with her grandparents, Joseph and Mae Herskowitz and George and Elizabeth Boxberger and graduated from Trego Community High School. She went on to attend and graduate from College of Emporia. Carmen worked for many years in education, as a teacher and a librarian. She worked for Dodge City Community College as a dorm manager where she helped mentor many young college students. She then went to work for Southwest Texas State in the Residence Life department, which she retired from in 2006.

Carmen was always watchful of those around her, which made her a great member of the Leander Citizens Police Academy. Carmen also was an active member of the College of Emporia alumni association. Her love for animals kept her involved with several area rescue groups. Her own loving cats Tuffy and Skeeter will miss her deeply. Carmen was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and was known for always going to Sonic for their ice and mints.

Carmen is preceded in death by her parents and her grandparents.

Carmen leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving sons, Bryce Kirschner and Matt Kirschner and wife Laura; her daughters, Lori Fillmore and husband Jon and Krista Trent and husband Jason; her grandchildren, Tyler and Kaitlyn Kirschner and Tayton and Taige Trent and Avery and Hayden Fillmore; along with a host of other loving family and friends.

In lieu of flowers Carmen’s family request memorial donations to be sent to Central Texas SPCA at or Williamson County SPCA at

Online guestbook available at