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“Carol and the girls from Blue Oasis would like to offer our condolences to Deb and her family for the loss of her mother, Louise. ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Carol Fabian - Rochester, NH

“To the Smith family, May these words of sympathy ease the sorrow that you bear, And may it bring you comfort just to know that others care.Helen &...Read More »
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“Debbie: On behalf of myself and my mother Lulumae Brown our deepest sympathy to you and your family. our prayers are with you. Coretta and Lulumae...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Coretta Hill - Passaic, NJ

“Dear Debbie:These words are sent with the hope that each new tomorrow will continue to heal your heart with warmth and love.Cousin Louise was a kind...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Tonilee Cook - West Orange, NJ


Louise Smith was born on February 13, 1918 in Hawkinsville, Georgia.She received her formal education in the Passaic, New Jersey public school system. Louise is a charter member of the Union Baptist Church in Passaic, New Jersey. She was baptized into membership at this church. On April 28, 1940 she joined into matrimony with John T. Smith. Together they shared forty-five happy years of happiness. Their daughter Deborah was born September of 1952 in 1955 they moved from Passaic to Rutherford, New Jersey. Their home in Rutherford is where Louise resided until her illness required additional care.Louise always loved working with young people in both the church and community environments. At Union Baptist Church she was a past president of the Senior Usher Board and a past president of the Silverleaf Ushers Union of Northern New Jersey. Louise was a member of the Senior Missionary group, the Mothers' Board and served as the Lunch Coordinator and Bookkeeper of the Union Baptist Church Camp. In addition she was the chairperson of Personnel Department Guidance Guild Interracial Nursery School along with the Jewish Hadassah Women's Group of Passaic. Louise also served as Vice President and President of the Murray Hodge Post #453 American Legion Auxiliary.In April 13, 1937 Louise joined Odessa Chapter No. 17. She held the offices of Secretary, Treasurer of Worthy Matron. From 1959 to 1986 Louise was elected Grand Treasurer and the Orient Grand Chapter. At the inception of Fulton Newark in 1978, she was appointed to the board. She worked with the youth department in the capacity of Treasurer and Mother Advisor in addition to being secretary to Craftsmen and Craftetts.Louise was also affiliated with all the upper houses. This included:• Being elected Royal Matron of Annie Burton Court, Royal and Exalted Order ofAmaranth 1954-1960• Appointed Deputy of the Amaranth by the late Grand Master, Husher Barnett and lateGrand Matron, Ruby K. Edgar• Received Supreme Deputy certificate from the late Dorothy Garrison• Served as Supreme Grand Royal Matron, Amaranth• Organized Mable Coleman Court in Asbury Park, New Jersey and Emma L. ColemanCourt in Roselle, New Jersey• Journeyed to Miami, Florida to organize Alpha-Mary Jackson Court• Was a member of Solomon council, Ladies of Knight Templar• Served as Most Ancient Matron of Ruth Court No. 2, heroines of Jericho• Served as Most Worthy Grand Matron of Rose of Sharon Court, Ancient Arabic Order,Daughters of Sphinx• Served as Most excellent Rose, Bethany College No. 1, Rose of Seven Seals• Received the degree of Grand Matron under Past Grand Matron Bernice Dawson andPast Grand Master John B. Frazier.She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, godmother, family member and friend. Louise was a strong woman in spirit, a hard worker and loved the Lord. She will be missed by all who dearly loved her.She was predeceased by her husband, John T, her sisters, Marie Mathis and Bernice Snell, her brother, Alonza Brown and her nephew, David R. Mathis.She peacefully entered her final resting place on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at St. Joseph's Hospital Wayne after a lengthy illness.Survivors left to cherish her loving memory are: her daughter, Deborah; her sister-in-law, Lula Mae Brown; her godchildren, Gerald Washington, Geneva Jackson, Adorn Washington and Allen Colter; her niece, Mitzie Mathis; special friends, Carrie Walker and Lurline Glover along with a host of cousins and friends.

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