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Birth Date: 1909
Birth Place: Mayer, AZ
Passed Away: 1991

Honored By

Donor names:   UA Native American Women of Arizona Arch
Date submitted: October 7, 2011
Gift: General Gift
Location on plaza map: A2
Areas of Achievement: Activism, Clerical, Home Making, Politics, Volunteer
Honored on the Native American Women's Arch by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.

Daughter of the late Mike Burns, legendary Yavapai better known as Hoomothya or “Wet Nose.” Her children: Joan Enos; Vincent Smith; Leonardine Walker Elizabeth Norris, Barbara Charging and spouse John Smith.

Mrs. Lula Smith was an active church volunteer, serving as an elder as the Fort McDowell Presbyterian Church her entire adult life. Beside her community service, she was first of all a homemaker and quilter. Considered the matriarch of the family, she has more than 100 descendants living at Fort McDowell today.

She attended the Phoenix Indian School where she acquired her care giving skills and was very active in the Home Extension programs. She served on the Ft. McDowell Tribal Council as Tribal Secretary for many years which allowed her to become active in various committees that addressed health and education issues. She voiced her concerns regarding the importance of religion in keeping the family strong and implemented various women’s groups so each family would keep in contact with one another and came together in times of crisis. Her compassion of serving others have now been passed on to the next generation to carry on her teachings of “serve others before yourself.”