Lily Casey Smith was known for her bravery and determination. When she was just 10 years old, she saved herself and her siblings from a flood by helping them hold onto a tree until the flood passed.
She was born on a small dugout in 1901, on the plains of Texas. However, the harsh weather made it difficult to live there, so her family decided to move to New Mexico
On their ranch, Lily helped her father break horses. She ran the ranch and never backed down from hard work.
When the war ended, Lily lost her job, and she decided to move to the booming city of Chicago. There, she worked mostly as a maid, and she missed teaching. Tragedy followed her as well, with her friend's death in a factory accident , and her first husband's having a secret family. So, after 10 years, she moved back to the Southwest.
When she was 13, Lily attended school is Sante Fe. Although her parents didn't see the value of this, Lily was very excited. She had to leave after one semester, but the Mother Superior encouraged her to find her purpose.
When World War 1 began, there was a shortage of teachers, so Lily got her first teaching position at 15, in a small Arizonan town, and her teaching career began.