Kathryn Jacqueline “Jackie” Smith, 89, of Punta Gorda, Fla., formerly of Lebanon, Ind., died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Fla.
She was born May 14, 1924, in Indiana, to Ora O. and Lilly Maude (nee Turner) Baber.
Raised in Boone County, Jackie attended schools in Whitestown, Ind., and graduated from Lebanon High School. June 21, 1941, she was married to Lloyd George Smith. As a teenager and young adult, Jackie 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, Jackie 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. Jackie 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, mother, and proud grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family and attending their various activities. Jackie 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, Jackie also had an infectious smile and laugh that she readily shared with those around her, making everyone feel like a long time friend.
She was a woman of strong Christian faith. Jackie exemplified this love every day through her enthusiastic zest for life and her joy in helping others and being there for them.
She is survived by four sons, Mr. Richard D. “Dick” Smith of Lebanon, Mr. Lloyd Ronald “Ron” Smith of Lebanon, Mr. Dale G. “Bonnie” Smith of Lebanon, and Pastor Barry J. “Tammy” Smith of Elk Grove, Calif.; 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 of Lebanon, Hannah Smith of Lebanon, Angilee Smith of Nashville, Tenn., Max Smith of Elk Grove, and Taryn Smith of Elk Grove. Jackie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mr. Smith who passed away Oct. 27, 2009; her daughter, Carla Suzanne “Susie” Smith; and two sisters, LeAnnah (Dick) Livengood and Maxyne (James) Presutti.
Visitation is planned from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at the funeral home in Lebanon. Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Myers Chapel of Memories, 1502 North Lebanon Street, in Lebanon, IN 46052, with Pastor Rusty Russell of New Day Christian Church in Port Charlotte, and the Rev. David Wright of First Baptist Church in Lebanon, officiating. The service will viewable live at New Day Christian Church at the same time as it is held in Lebanon. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. Memorials may be made to New Day Christian Church, Youth Ministries, 20212 Peachland Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33954. Online condolences www.myersmortuary.com.