July 21, 1925 – March 9, 2018
Jacquelin Ruth Smith, 92, of Hot Springs left this earth on March 9, 2018 after a life well-lived. She was a strong, independent woman and was adored by her husband, "Doc", of 63 years who preceded her in death. She raised seven children and loved her eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Her passion later in life was ownership of the Hamilton House restaurant where she also sang and played the organ, one of her great gifts. All who knew her will remember her characteristic whistle of whatever tune was in her head at the time. “The song is ended but the melody lingers on…” Irving Berlin The family will hold a private service after which she will be laid to rest at Crestview Cemetery.
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March 12, 2018
Mrs. Smith will always be whistling a tune and greeting guests at the Hamilton House in my memories of her. She taught me a lot in my time there. I cannot thank her and the family enough for the lessons I took away from my time there at the Hamilton House. I was a honor to work there.
I recall taking dinner down to the boathouse one evening to her and Doc. You went to the door and knocked. Never opening the door because of the Great Danes, never stepping foot in the doorway. This one time, one of the dogs got between her and me when she opened the door. I tried my best not to drop that tray of food and run away as I stood there frozen in fear. Mrs. Smith told me not to move and finally got the dog back behind her and took the tray from me. I think I got my first gray hair that night.
I am saddened to hear of her passing but I take solace in the fact that her and Doc are reunited once again. Please pass along my condolences to the entire family.
March 10, 2018
Too many wonderful memories about this beautiful woman. ❤️She was a class act with her wonderful smile, great personality and fablous gowns! Always welcomed everyone to the restaurant like they were family. So happy we were able to be a part of her life. So here’s to you Miss Jackie❤️❤️❤️❤️
March 10, 2018
Loved this wonderful woman The hardest working woman I’ve ever known. Impeccable taste and class. She was my mentor. God is now taking her to be with her beloved husband. I can see her smiling face waving down from heaven. RIP Jackie. You will be missed.