Beth Chapman-Smith (May 15, 1960 – February 28, 2019)

Beth Chapman-Smith (May 15, 1960 - February 28, 2019)

ROCK SPRINGS — Beth was born on May 15, 1960 in Plattsburg, New York to John and Judy (Lindsay) Chapman.

Beth spent much of her childhood growing up in the upstate New York towns of Plattsburgh, Fort Covington, Ithaca, and McGraw. The family moved to Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1968 so her father John could pursue his education career in high school chemistry.

Beth spent the rest of her childhood in Rock Springs and graduated from Rock Springs High School in 1978. Beth had a love for music at an early age where she was often sought to perform at local weddings and church gatherings.

She attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. 

Beth was employed by Sweetwater County School District Number One in Rock Springs where she taught elementary students music for 17 years.

In 1999, Beth moved back to upstate New York to be with her future husband Fred Smith, and his son, Adam. Beth and Fred were united in marriage at their home in Old Forge on August 10, 2003.

During her time in Old Forge, Beth and Fred enjoyed the outdoors, traveling in the region, and being in the company of family and friends. 

Beth and Fred moved back to Wyoming in November of 2007 to be closer to immediate family. Beth worked for an accountant for several years and eventually returned to her passion of teaching piano and vocal lessons.

She loved to teach individual lessons to children and adults in the community up until her passing. 

Beth passed away peacefully with her husband, Fred, and sister, Jenifer, by her side on February 28th after a brief illness.

She is survived by her husband Fred Smith, step-son Adam Smith of Charleston, SC, her parents John and Judy Chapman of Rock Springs, WY, and her siblings Dale Jones of Houston, TX, Jenifer Lloyd of Salt Lake City, UT and David Chapman of Virginia Beach, VA and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Red Desert Humane Society at 310 Yellowstone Road Rock Springs, WY 82901. It was a cause she strongly believed in.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Santa Fe Southwest Grill, Thursday March 7th, from 4-8 p.m. A brief service will take place at 5 p.m.