Kathryn Jacqueline “Jackie” Smith, 89, of Punta Gorda, Fla., formerly of Lebanon, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Fla.
She was born May 14, 1924, in Indiana, to the now late Ora O. and Lilly Maude (Turner) Baber. She was raised in Boone County and attended schools in Whitestown, graduating from Lebanon High School.
She married Lloyd George Smith on June 21, 1941. Mr. Smith passed away on Oct. 27, 2009.
As a teenager and young adult, Mrs. Smith worked at the soda fountain for Chuck Hines Pharmacy in Whitestown. Following her marriage to Lloyd, she raised her children and took care of the family home.
For the past 30-plus years, she lived in Florida, where she was extremely active in her church, New Day Christian, serving in various capacities from director of children’s church to volunteer custodian. She also served as a volunteer at Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda for 33 years, as well as serving as a volunteer in Dr. Steve Moenning’s office.
Mrs. Smith was a devoted wife and mother, and a proud grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family and attending their various activities. She also enjoyed hosting her grandchildren and their friends in her home over many school breaks.
Known to break into a spontaneous dance move or two on many occasions. She also had an infectious smile and laugh that she readily shared with those around her, making everyone feel like a longtime friend.
Mrs. Smith was a woman of strong Christian faith. She exemplified this love every day through her enthusiastic zest for life, and her joy in helping others and being there for them.
Survivors include four sons, Richard D. “Dick” Smith, Lloyd Ronald “Ron” Smith and Dale G. (Bonnie) Smith, all of Lebanon, and Pastor Barry J. (Tammy) Smith of Elk Grove, Calif.; and eight grandchildren, Sherri L. (Terry) Denkhaus of Frisco, Texas, Chad (Erin) Smith of New Hartford, N.Y., Travis (Zeta) Smith of Ft. McMurray, Canada, Rusty Smith and Hannah Smith, both of Lebanon, Angilee Smith of Nashville, Tenn., and Max Smith and Taryn Smith, both of Elk Grove, Calif.
Jackie was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; a daughter, Carla Suzanne “Susie” Smith; and two sisters, LeAnnah (Dick) Livengood and Maxyne (James) Presuttii.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Myers Chapel of Memories, with Pastor Rusty Russell, of New Day Christian Church in Port Charlotte, Fla., and the Rev. David Wright, of First Baptist Church in Lebanon, officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Day Christian Church Youth Ministries, 20212 Peachland Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33954.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.