Lena Marvie Lewis Smith

Published 5:00 am Monday, August 13, 2007

Mrs. Lena Marvie Lewis Smith went to be with the Lord Friday,Aug. 10, at the age of 91, in Brookhaven. Funeral services will beSunday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. at Nola Baptist Church with the Revs.Bobby Smith, Dexter Ware, and Daniel Gandy officiating. Burial willbe in the Holly Springs cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 9p.m. Saturday at the Brookhaven Funeral Home, Natchez Drivelocation.

Mrs. Smith was born Jan. 17, 1916, in Nola to Hardy Dolphus andLouisa Carlisle Lewis. On Dec. 7, 1935, she married Willie Smith,and they had three sons. They were faithful members of Nola BaptistChurch, where she loved teaching children in Sunday school. Sheworked for 25 years at Kellwood Co. in Monticello, making good useof her talent for sewing. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and caringfor her family. Everyone was welcome in her home, which was a placeof love, peace and laughter. She was dearly loved and her gentlespirit and pure heart will be missed by all who knew her.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers,Younger and Dolphus Lewis; her twin sister, Myra Gandy and othersisters, Jessie Foster and Edna Davis; her husband; and her son,Willie Lester Smith.

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Her survivors include two sons, Charles Hardy Smith and his wifeJudy, Alvin Harold Smith and his wife Rhonda; five grandchildren,Susanne Jennings, Stuart Hardy Smith, Emily Corzine, StephanieMoore, and Summer Stracener; ten great-grandchildren, Sydney andEthan Jennings, Caleb, Brooke, and Drew Hardy Smith, Jacob, Joshua,and Macy Beth Moore, and GraceAnn and Ana Leigh Stracener; andseveral nieces and nephews.

“There’s a vacant place in our homes

Our eyes are filled with tears

Since from us has gone

Our mother, we loved so dear.

She was so precious to us

We cannot understand

But God she did trust

So He’s taken her to that beautiful land.

Mother, dear, we will always miss you,

A voice so tender and sweet

But some day up in heaven

We pray, that we all shall meet.”

Poem written for Louisa Carlisle Lewis by herchildren