OBITUARY

Irene Bennett Smith

February 6, 1924November 11, 2020
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Irene Bennett Smith was born in Henrietta, Oklahoma on February 6, 1924, to Simon and Julia Bennett. She was the twelfth child born to that union. Irene and her parents relocated to Shiloh, Alabama at an early age.

She received her education at Paradise School. (A one-room schoolhouse) She became a member of Paradise Baptist Church, where she was baptized.

Irene always said, “I am getting from down here in these woods and I am going back to Oklahoma!” But all of that changed in 1941 when she met and married James Ira Smith. When Irene entered heaven on November 11, 2020 she was reunited with her loving husband of now, 79 years.

To this union, 15 children (3 sets of twins) were born. After the passing of her husband, she and her children moved to Chula Vista, California in April of 1963.

Her precedents in death are her parents (Simon (1941) and Julia Bennett (1973). Her husband (James Ira Smith 1962) and five children, Roger Smith (1954) Martha Bowden (1992), Abraham Smith (2001), Thelma Williams (2002) (Wife to Sammie Williams), and Ernest Smith (2015).

She attended Woodlawn Park, Church of God in Christ. Her passions include fishing, traveling, putting puzzles together and taking care of her family. Irene was a courageous and independent person. She was loved and will be greatly missed by all that came to know her.

On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, God gave her wings and called her home. Those left behind to continue her legacy are six sons: James Louis Smith (Claudia Mae), Charlie Leo Smith, Albert Smith, and Ira Lee Smith (Robin). All from San Diego, California. Also, Elbert Smith (Teletha) of Wildomar, California, and Simon Smith (Susan) of Ventura, California. 4 daughters: Marquetta Adams (Nate) of San Diego, California, Betty Rene Smith of Chula Vista, California, Dorothy Jean Powell of Murrieta, California, and Dorothy Mae Dowell (Kenneth) of Atoka, Tennessee. One brother, David Bennett (101 years old), and one sister, Annie R Williams, both in San Diego, California. 27 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 17 great great-grandchildren (with two more on the way) and a host of relatives and friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 23, 2020

  • Graveside Committal Service

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Memories

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Rhonda Michaels

November 23, 2020

Momma Smith Was A Tough Lady , Im Glad I had The Chance To Meet Her , And She Was Very Sweet .You Truly Will Be Missed By Many But Not Forgotten
My Thoughts And Prayers Go Out To The Family. Momma Smith Is In A better Place Surrounded By Loved Ones She Is Not Alone.
Rest in Heaven Momma Smith

Lashon Hicks

November 22, 2020

Remembering the good times...
Rest Easy with God ...

Toni Mertens

November 20, 2020

To the entire Smith Family,
I only met Irene one, maybe two times, but that was enough to know that she was a strong person with a joy for life. I know that her son Simon (my brother-in-law) inherited that resilient "happy gene". In fact, I am sure that all of his children possess that same great quality. So... I assume that all of Irene's offspring have benefited from her good genetics as well as her example of a life well lived.

Thank you for sharing your family photos. I will have to have Susan explain who everyone is... and I thought I had a big family! Enjoyed seeing the photo of Simon during his police officer days. Young!

Wishing all of you clear skies and joyful tears on the day of the funeral.

With Sympathy,
Toni.... Joe, Sean and Roxy Mertens

Robin Smith

November 20, 2020

Best mother in law in the world I'm going to miss her she was the best rest in peace

Mekia Powell

November 19, 2020

My Sweet Angel. I’ll love you forever Grandma. ❤️

nicole smith

November 19, 2020

Best grandma anyone can have Rip grandma love you

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