Charlotte J. Smith

February 20, 1929 - February 13, 2014

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Charlotte J. Smith, 84, of Kendallville passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014, in Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville where she received loving, compassionate care.

She was born February 20, 1929, in LaGrange County to Byrl J. and Leona B. (Sturgis) Spice.

Surviving are two daughters, Charna (Brad) Baker of Kendallville and Alieta (Dennis) Graft of Avilla; two sons, Kevin (Cecilia) Smith of Albion and Timothy Smith of Kendallville; nine grandchildren, Rob Baker, Drew Baker, Cal Baker, Nathan Tipton, Seth Tipton, Megan Smith, Kelli Smith, Tia Tackett, and Noah Smith; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two grandsons, Teddy Tipton and Dustin Smith.

When Charlotte retired as a caseworker for the State of Indiana, her hobbies were her flower garden and her pets. Many homeless pets found loving homes through her efforts.

Her family has honored her request for no formal services, and requests memorials be directed to the Humane Society of Noble County, 1305 South Sherman Street, Kendallville, Indiana, 46755.

A celebration of Charlotte’s life is planned by her family for a later date.

Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Barb pankop carson
February 19th, 2014 12:08am

Charna,Alieta ,Kevin and Tim, so sorry to hear of Charlottes passing. Always felt close to your family. From my brothers,Gene and Marv bailing hay as young boys, attending Rome City school together, our kids growing up together. Charlotte was a wonderful friend to my sister, Edna. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Thelma Hicks & Rod Elkins
February 15th, 2014 11:44pm
Rome City, Indiana

Rod & I wish to send our deepest sympathy to the family, especially to Charlotte's son, Tim, who is a ex landlord of mine & Rod. I had known Charlotte via many phone conversation and I had referred Charlotte by " Granny". I never met her in person however I will deeply miss her and a pleasure and honor to had known such wonderful sweet lady. My estranged step daughter name Tisha, which Granny knew her as Tee also wish give her deepest condolences as well, including her father. Wonderful and sweet lady indeed. Family remains in mine & Rod's prayers and thoughts.

Tom & Sue Sherer
February 15th, 2014 10:03pm

Alieta, Charna, Kevin and Tim ( and Families)You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are sorry for your loss. May your warm memories soothe the loss.

Corinne and John Zuege
February 15th, 2014 4:24pm
West Lafayette, IN

Alieta, Charna, Kevin, Tim and families, We're so sorry to hear of Charlotte's passing. I remember your Mom as young and vital, making lunch for the hungry friends of her kids who came to play for a day at the busy Smith dairy farm. I remember that a day at your house was a "dream come true" for a this little girl who grew up in a little house in town. I remember your mom's involvement with you as you completed 4-H projects to take to the county fair. You made her proud! Time passes by, years turn into decades and suddenly life can seem complex and then...our parents slip away. Hang on to the wonderful childhood memories of the growing up on a farm in the 1950s where you learned to be responsible, work hard and where devotion to ones family were core. Your mother's final months were watched over by her devoted, treasured children. You were her gifts to the world. You have surely each made her proud. I'll be thinking of all of you in the coming weeks. Your life-long friend,...

Charley & Sara Fisher
February 14th, 2014 8:34pm
Kendallville, IN

Charna and Family, our sympathy to you in this difficult time. Prayers coming your way as well.

Glenda (Holbrook) Stevens
February 14th, 2014 5:07pm
Lutheran Life Villages, Med Re

You are all in my sorry for your loss of such a sweet lady.God Bless you now and in the days ahead.

Pam Riley
February 14th, 2014 1:25pm

Very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed Charlotte's flowers and she gave me so many starts when I moved to the neighborhood. She will be greatly missed.