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Tess O'neil Troast Smith
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Birth: Apr. 4, 1986
Horry County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 1, 2011
North Myrtle Beach
Horry County
South Carolina, USA

Tess Troast-Smith | North Myrtle Beach
Tess Troast-Smith, 25, died Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.
Born on April 4, 1986 in Loris, SC, she was the daughter of Jennifer Foster and Glen Troast.
Other than her parents, Tess is survived by her husband, Robert "Lee" Smith of North Myrtle Beach; her children, Ashton, age 7, Layla, age 2, Colt, age,1; and sisters, Chelsey and Mary Frances Troast.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 pm on Wednesday, October 5 at Lee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 pm on Thursday in Lee Funeral Home Chapel.
A message of condolence may be sent to
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Tess Troast-Smith Children's Fund c/o Wanda Foster, 414 1st Avenue South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.
Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

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My dear sweet niece Tess died due to brain damage from a car accident. The accident happened on September 18th, 2011. It is unknown what caused Tess's accident as no other vehicles were involved. It is believed that a tire may have blew which caused Tess to lose control of her SUV which went through the median guard wires, rolling the SUV 6 times and where its final resting place was wooded area.
Tess was wearing a seatbelt, but it broke and she had the seat belt bruises to prove that she was wearing her seat belt. Not only did her seat belt fail but her air bag never deployed to my understanding. Tess was thrown from her SUV and was found over 15 foot from the vehicle. The SUV was found upside down with Tess's younger two children Layla (2) and Colt (1) (Tess had a 7 year old that was not in the car fortunately).
If you know Hwy 22 you will know three things. 1. It is a long dark road 2. It's a quiet road and not very busy especially at night which is when her accident occurred. 3. It goes through the forest and deer and bears can be expected to be seen on almost every trip down that road no matter the time of the day. There is no telling what happened that night Tess was in the accident. We can only thank God that there was one car in the distance that seen Tess's headlights going in several different directions. If were not for that one person being there, we would have likely lost my great niece and great nephew too No one would have even noticed if it had not been witnessed right at that moment. They would have been out there until at least morning. The SUV was overturned and the two children were strapped safely in their car seats hanging upside down.
Two year old Layla suffered head trauma and was airlifted to Charleston were her momma was already watching over because she was released with no lasting effects within a few days. Colt suffered seat belt bruises and pressure marks from being upside down in the car seat but he was released very soon as well. Tess was sadly not that fortunate. Tess's body took a huge beating with several obvious broken bones. Some not so obvious. Tess's spine was completely severed. Tess had severe damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen as it took paramedics 15 minutes to find her. When she was found she was not breathing. It was said by the doctor that at best Tess only be able to communicate via eye blinking. If you knew Tess, you would know that this would never have been acceptable for her and she would resent anyone who held her against God's will. Her parents and her husband mutually agreed to let God be the judge and about two weeks after the accident we all stood at her bedside and told her we loved her and it was now hers and God's decision to stay or go. Life Support was removed on October 1st at 9-10am. She managed to breathe on her unassisted for about 10-12 hours before she took her walk to God.
As horrible as it may sounds, I know we all felt a sense of relief because we knew Tess would have never been happy without the use of her arms to wrap around her children and love them like she did. We knew her pain was over. Yes, of course we want her here with us but Tess was merely a body left here for us to say our Good Byes too , she went to heaven that day on the side of HWY 22. She just left her body here to help the family better cope and say their good byes.

It was said that Tess had a huge amount of thorns in her feet as if she had gotten up and walked in search of her children and to comfort them. However, her injuries could not have allowed that. But I believe God allowed her to reach her children whether through her wild and crazy spirit or her thorned feet. I believe Tess was there for her children while they awaiting to be saved.
I love you Tess and I am so sorry I missed the years of your life.

Tess's sister Chelsey was 6 months pregnant when Tess was in the accident. Chelsey delivered her baby after a normal pregnancy. She had a little girl and gave her the middle name of Chelsey's big sister Tess "Oniel". Chelsey was so strong but she was being ripped apart inside and there is nothing you can do for someone who lost their best friend in life. Time will heal us all. I pray that Tess's husband, children, parents, sisters, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, etc. all heal soon. I love you Tess. You always were a a nut and so animated and we all loved that about you and will miss that forever. I will never forget you.
Love Aunt Angie
Cremated, Other.
Created by: Angie Ethridge McIntyre
Record added: May 09, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89838206
Tess O'neil <i>Troast</i> Smith
Added by: Angie Ethridge McIntyre
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- Dorothy
 Added: Nov. 7, 2014
Hi Tess, I know your mom, dad, and sisters are feeling a lot of pain today thinking of you leaving this world. I hope you can touch them and help them remember your crazy animate self and your life rather than your end. Today, I will honor you and not cry...(Read more)
- Angie Ethridge McIntyre
 Added: Oct. 1, 2014

- maggyislove God bless you!! till we all meet again
 Added: Feb. 19, 2014
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