Lovie Lorraine Smith
30 March , 1948 – 11 May , 2019
Lovie Lorraine (Washington) Smith opened her eyes on March 30, 1948 and was given Into the arms and care of Eddie and Helen (Coleman) Washington. Lovie passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan.
With her parents being and actively practicing the Pentecostal Denomination of Christianity, at age 15 Lovie committed her life to Christ. Lovie loved various parts and functions of the Church, which included; Kitchen, choir, Sunday school and later Missionary Work. But at heart and true to her soul, Lovie was a worshipper. Lovie’s work was in the home as a mother and her work as a mother within the Church positioned her for work in the harvest, as she began to Par a Pro for Albion Public Schools. Lovie was also blessed with a soul for creation; she loved to garden, watched storms, butterflies and birds with the same excitement and wonder. Lovie, being a seam stress in her twenties and thirties, also enjoyed making her own brand of African dolls. Giving little black girls in the community a sense of pride and uplifting. She was also a free hand drawer, making magic on any canvas she laid her hands on. This gift she passed on to all four of her children and some of her granny’s. She also went from working dry cleaning to accounting, as she was a firm believer in education and growth.
Lovie was surpassed in transition by her parents, siblings, Helen (Washington) Murphy, Wanda and Vern “Chichi” (Washington) Taylor and Jesse Washington; nieces, Phoebe Jean Taylor, Wanda Lovie Lavern Taylor and Cyrstal Felicia Westbrook. Lovies yet to transition by her husband, James Smith; children, Joseph (Vontay-Martha) Harris, Robert Jonathan Harris, Laura Jessica-Kenneth (Smith) Brown, Michael James (Derricka Smith); Grandchildren, Joseph Vontay-Harris II, Xavier O’Shay Harris, Saniya Unique Harris, Bakari J`Vontez Harris, J`Mani Marshay Tyrese Harris, Akiila Maisha Harris, Derri Emma Lynne Smith;adopted children, Amir and Xavier Atchison, Malachi and Micah Brewer; siblings, Eddie (Delores) Washington Jr., Robert (Rosyln) Washington, Verena (Tony Westbrook) Washington; too many cousins, friends and associates. “For the race is not given to the swift, neither is it given to the strong. But, to see that endured to the end”. “Rest in power Queen Lovie” “Daughter of the most high”
A Memorial Service will be on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11:00AM with Family Hour starting at 10:00AM at Transformation thru Gods Word, 202 W. Erie Street , Albion, Michigan 49224
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- Family Hour Friday, 24 May , 2019
- Memorial Service Friday, 24 May , 2019
Lovie Lorraine Smith
30 May 2019
So sorry to hear of Lorraine"s passing. She was a well know and loved part of the Class of 1966. We all share your sadness but also your joy that she is in a better place with loved ones.
21 May 2019
My big sister is gone to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I recall as a young boy, growing up with our other siblings, that when Mom wasn’t around, Lorrie (Lovie) was the one to whom I would run for comfort and reassurance. By me she was known and called the “African Princess”. II Cor. 5:8: We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Love and prayers, Robert and Roslyn Washington & family (Albuquerque, NM)
17 May 2019
God Bless you, I always enjoyed our conversations. Rest my sister, Rest on. You fought the fight of Faith.
To the family, you are in my Prayers.