Smith shares experience building life in Claremore after first visit

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Linda Lee, from Holland, Michigan, visits with Janet Sharp and great-niece Lesa Smith at She Brews.

Lesa Smith wanted to move to Claremore after her first visit with her mom, Janet Sharp, when she was in high school in 1998.

“I loved it. We were living in Tulsa, and mom and I would take day trips to the different communities nearby. I dreamed of moving here,” said Smith.

When she was married, the couple made Claremore their home.

“We planted our roots and raised our children here, and they both started or bought into businesses here. I work for one son at Auto Definitions,” Smith said.

One of the appeals of life today is having family around when things get tough, and gathering with community members.

When Linda Lee came from Holland, Michigan, to visit Smith and Sharp, they stopped in She Brew.

“In January 2020, we came to Souper Saturday and walked in and met a girl who had just come here, Melissa. We learned she had been through a program transitioning women out of prison,” Smith said.

She was impressed with the program, and the woman joined Melissa’s prayer team as a support volunteer.

“We totally stand in the gap for these women,” Smith said.

In Claremore, Smith especially enjoys the parades.

“We have really awesome parades here; I always look forward to them,” she said.

A graduate of Tulsa Edison, Sharp lives in Claremore now, too.

“I’ve always enjoyed Claremore. I enjoy the equestrian and ag events here. It’s a good group for children, 4-H and FFA. I like Souper Saturday. The little stores sell a ticket and you can taste their soups,” Sharp said.

Both Smith and Sharp look forward to Food truck Thursdays in the summer.

“Claremore is a kind, supportive community, and the lake is beautiful,” Sharp said.

Lee, also a Tulsa Edison grad, enjoys visiting family.

“I get in touch with my inner self here. The lake and parks here are fabulous, and I enjoy whatever we do together. I love the museum; it’s a really good small museum,” Lee said.

Claremore has a lot to offer, she added.

“Anytime I come, it’s a highlight, and of course, seeing my family is the best,” said Lee.

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