Lera Louise “Meme” Smith peacefully passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Southaven, Mississippi. Family will be receiving friends on Friday, August 23, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Twin Oaks Funeral Home (290 Goodman Road East Southaven, MS 38671). A funeral service will immediately follow. Interment will be held at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens (290 Goodman Road East Southaven, MS 38671). Twin Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Louise was born on December 1, 1932 in Ruleville, MS. Louise was married to Gene Smith (Elvis’ first cousin) for 42 years. Louise was an office manager at Alcon Corporation for 52 years; where she retired to enjoy the rest of her life. The loves in her life were her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, traveling with her friends, going to see ETA’s, her children, and living life to the fullest.
Louise Smith is survived by her children, Margaret McKenzie, and Mike (Debbie) Smith; grandchildren, Chasity (Jon) Curbo , Brandy Staten, Michael Smith, Jr., Marie (BJ) Hawkins, Kim Smith, Tony “Buddy” Smith, Taylor (Taylore) Petty; 26 great-grandchildren; 3 great-grand dogs; brother, Harry Wayne (Sandy) Nerren; nieces Andrea (Ted, Josh, Hannah) Lane; Valerie Nerren; nephews Ray (Carolyn) Smith; Glenn Smith; JJ Smith; Michael Pate; daughter-in-law Carolyn Smith; and a host of cousins.
Ms. Smith is preceded in death by husband of 42 years, Gene “Poppy” Smith; mother, Arlion Nerren; father, John E. Fondren; son, Tony Smith Jr. (Jackie); and granddaughter, Toni Leann “Tootie” Glover.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Jane Rowe (her caregiver) for taking care of her all these years. We would also like to thank all her friends and ETA’s from around the world; for the love and support that has been shown to our Mother. You will be forever in our hearts!!!