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Mrs. Carolyn "CeJay" Ann Parnell-Smith

August 16, 1963October 5, 2019
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Carolyn A. Parnell-Smith "Cejay", age 56 of Denver, CO passed away peacefully on October 5th 2019 at home surrounded by her loved ones. Her Homecoming Memorial service will be held, Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2:00pm at Crown Hill Mortuary Chapel. Come Celebrate, A Road of Life called Carol Parnell-Smith. ~ "May the Work I've Done Speak for Me"

Fond memories of Carol "CeJay" and expressions of sympathy for her family may be shared using the guest book link below.


19 October

Memorial Service

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Crown Hill Mortuary

Chapel of Peace

7777 W 29th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO


Mrs. Carolyn "CeJay" Ann Parnell-Smith

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Marilyn Stranske

October 19, 2019

Carol, how much richer life has been for all those your life touched, including mine.

In a thousand ways, your unique expressions of joy, infectious faith, courage, curiosity, sense of humor and embrace of all people drew us closer to the Source of that abundant Love and Life within you.

Now you’ve made it to the goal line and joined that great cloud of witnesses that Hebrews 12: 1-2 talks about. I can just see you, pompom in hand, jumping up and down, cheering the rest of us on in our races toward the finish line. There, Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith has already embraced you, good and faithful servant. We’re following close behind.

See you there, Beautiful One.

Love and prayers go out to all your family and friends who both mourn and celebrate your passing this day.

Ray Stranske

October 19, 2019

Carol, the word that comes to mind when I think of you is exuberance. Your love of life and for the God who made it possible is boundless and infectious. When you came to Hope Communities in the late 80s, I had no idea what a fabulous experience awaited me. You have blessed my life in countless ways, and you will live on in my heart as a beacon of love, hope, sharing, and laughter. See you later my sister.

Willie Parnell

October 15, 2019

To the Immediate Family: I Willie Parnell share with you in your grief and loss of a Mother, Sister, Daughter, and I Certainly know was a Good FRIEND.

Carolyn Parnell was such a loving Beautiful Smiling Caring Wonderful Being .

She is an Amazing Little Country Girl from Arkansas with a Big loving friendly Heart and Smile that I remember growing up as a child. She is My Cute little quite Cousin that I will forever have Fun Warm Childhood Memories of.

It is almost impossible for me not to shed many tears over her passing . I personally loved Carolyn so much. She was One of my Favorite Cousins and is just like a sister to me.
I grieve with you all Today,

But I rest in the FACT that I will SEE Carolyn Parnell again, that beautiful Angelic Soul I came to LOVE.... when I am called to Heavens Gate.
Where I HOPE to be greeted by Carolyn and a whole host Of other Family members that have passed on before me.

May God help You and the Entire Family be Blessed, Heal and get through this Home going occasion for Carolyn CeJay Parnell .

Carolyn is my First Cousin. Her sister Vivian Parnell and I
graduated High School together . So both our families were Very Close.

I have Fun Childhood Memories of my wonderful little cousin as I am 4 years Older than she.

Carolyn and my sisters Dorothy, Debbie, and Sue Parnell loved really each other because they were all about the same age growing up. And that love for Carolyn has never faded even unto this Day of tears and sadness.

Because we all will truly Miss Her beauty, her joyful smile , Grace & Humble quite Spirit.

Especially that Zealous love and commitment she had for God and for the LOVE of her FAMILY and Friends.

Rest In Peace and in Heaven Carolyn Parnell my Sweet loving Cousin, Your Journey through Life is Over. Sleep well my ANGEL.

I "Willie Lee" (the name Carolyn always called me as Kid) Parnell

Sleep well my Beloved Cousin. I LOVE YOU.
See you in Heaven.

Reginald Moore

October 15, 2019

Carol -

Thank you for the power of your testimony, faith, and example of a life well lived. Your consistent reliance on the Holy Spirit, trust in God, and consistent taking of communion edified my spirit and faith greatly.

Your purity of devotion to Christ was and is compelling. I look forward to the day I can hear you shout "Hallelujah!" agian. You were, and remain, a great light!

Thanks for being my friend.

To the family, you are in my prayers. May the Almighty’s peace and comfort be upon you both now and forever.

Brother Reggie Moore

Ronnie Britman

October 15, 2019

Carolyn, I'm going to miss you but you already know that. I'm grateful that you allowed me to make you smile even through the all the pain. The memories of you smiling will undoubtedly last forever. Your mission is complete, you have been promoted to be "Our Angel". As you walk around Heaven, I know you are watching over us. Rest On My Beautiful Sister, Rest On.

Sandra Blankenship

October 13, 2019

My sister from another mother missing you. You always put a smile on my face because yours was so bright I will miss you but I would never forget you memories for a lifetime your baby sis "baldy"

Valinda Bailey

October 13, 2019

Carolyn, I have so many fond memories of you and all we have shared. It's hard to fantom that you are no longer physically here, I hear your laugh, I feel spirit, and experience your presence. I have no words to express, how much I'll love you. but Godspeed, until we meet again my friend. 💔 May God bless and keep Twanna, Ken and the entire family. 🙏 🙏

Carolyn Lee

October 12, 2019

I have so many good memories of my cousin when every we visited each other it was always a joy she was my childhood friend,prayer buddy when I needed her and cousin all in one she is gone but will never be forgotten Love My Family

Oliver McNeal, Jr.

October 12, 2019

You will truly be missed, I enjoyed being your brother from another mother, you are in a better place now, rip my dear sister.

Michele Hayes

October 11, 2019

Sister Carol was a great friend of mine. I met her at the Salvation Army when I was in the program. When I graduated she awarded me the light house pin and pinned it on me at my graduation. She said that I was a light to the girls in the program. We remained friends after my graduation. I loved her dearly. I was able to make a few trips to Fort Lupton to visit her and she and I made a couple of trips to Black Hawk. She loved going to the casino. She always had encouraging words for me when I was going through a difficult time. I will remember her for her laughter, strong faith in her Lord and Savior and always willing to help people in any way she could. When she worked at the House Of Love, that was the perfect job for her, she was so full of Love. Carol would always tell us girls at the Salvation Army “ let’s get our praises on” and would start dancing. Now she’s in heaven giving praises to her Lord and Savior. Heaven was in need of another angel . When she entered heavens gate I bet the Lord told her, “well done my good and faithful servant.” I will miss her so much but I am glad she is no longer in pain and suffering any more. I look forward to seeing her again in heaven!!! RIP Sister Carol!


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Graduated Carolyn


Mother & Father - Thank You




I Love You Son


Changing Lives Daily



Carolyn Ann Parnell-Smith’s Journey on God’s Road began at 7:07pm August 16, 1963 to Mary Ellen Turner Parnell and the late John Robert (Bobby) Parnell in Blytheville, Arkansas.

Carolyn was the third of five sisters, which she enjoyed her position of keeping the balance within the family. She confessed Christ at the age of seven and was baptized at True Light Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor O.W. Weaver. She enjoyed singing in the choir and praising the Lord at an early age; her specialty was being the choir director.

She was educated in Blytheville, Arkansas and graduated from Blytheville Senior High School in 1981. Carol was blessed with two beautiful children Twanisha La’Chelle Darveatte Parnell and Randrick Kentrell Crenshaw, whom she cherished throughout her life. From the time of their birth, her best friend/sister Vickie Blankenship honored Carol’s request to be the best Godmother she can and even after death, she has kept true to her words.

She later moved to Denver, Colorado and embarked upon a variety of careers through Hope Communities, Inc., which she served for over 20 plus years. Carol careers included accounting, property management, fundraising, program management & development, community organizing and resident building, she was always giving back and dedicating herself to building and uplifting individuals.

Carolyn married Rodney L. Smith on June 21, 1997. Their union allowed Carol to mother Keyonna Davis, Da’Mon Bobbs, Tamisha Parson, Kedryck Williams and Brianna¬¬¬¬ Simmons. Her mother duties did not stop there, she was an outstanding mother to those that needed her and that never ceased. Kayonna Johnson, Steffond Blankenship, Darin Blankenship, LaQuitta Holmes, Kuzatei Solomon, Caprice Hoy, James McGilberry, Brandi Wilson and Kaela Curley were all her children that she loved

Carolyn Ann Parnell-Smith’s Journey on God’s Road continued daily and she was committed to loving Jesus and spreading the Gospel with everyone she met. She called herself CeJay because that stood for Carol & Jesus, because wherever she was so was Jesus.

Carol was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called synovial sarcoma in 2015. She was told that she had six months to live and even in that hour she said, “Thank you Jesus.” Carol was thankful that God would show her favor by giving her time to get her affairs in order. Now that is an example of remarkable Faith. We all knew CeJay as a Strong, Courageous and God-fearing Woman and that would remain forever.

Carolyn is survived by her husband Rodney L. Smith; her beloved mother Mary Parnell; her two biological children Twanisha and Randrick; sisters: Sandy Parnell, Michele Parnell-Hoskins (Maurice), Shyvone Parnell-Cooks; sisters in-love: Vickie Blankenship, Roslyn Washington, and brother in-love Paul Frank; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, godchildren, other relatives and many friends . Carol is preceded in death by her father John Robert Parnell, sister Vivian Parnell-Brown and nephew Adrian Bernard Brown.

Carol was a strong praying woman, with a contagious smile. She was a combination of warmth, kindness, joy, laughter and love, which equated to her being a “clear” human. If you knew her then you know exactly what this means. We love you and will forever miss you CeJay!