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Lera Louise Smith December 1, 1932 - August 18, 2019

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!!!

 

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    Shannon pearce says

    So very sorry for your loss had the pleasure of meeting her and getting to spend some time with her a couple years ago such a sweet lady !

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    Mike & Sandy Coleman says

    This Lady was truly one of a kind and was known to thousands of Elvis friends worldwide.
    Between Marlowe’s and the Rock-n-Roll Cafe, she made it her business to be a goodwill
    ambassador for the City of Memphis and all of Graceland.
    To know her was to love her and she will sadly missed by all.
    God Bless and keep you in his kingdom above.

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      Luster says

      RIP Elvis heavenly family getting more complete each day

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    Jamey Perkins (Granny to Amie, Sarah & Jacob) in Texas says

    Sending prayers to Mike and Debbie. So sorry for your loss but hold onto the wonderful memories that you have shared with MeMe.

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    Elaine Garman says

    my heart is saddened by the loss of this sweet lady, met her for the first time last year at the Rock & Roll cafe & she made you feel like she had known you forever, loved her & will miss seeing her there. Prayers for her family & countless friends

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    Paula Russell says

    So heartbroken over the loss of such amazing lady , she was always smiling n had such a big heart , the ELVIS world will miss her dearly I know I will , love you always . R.I.P. heaven has gotten an Angel for sure.

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    stephanie herrada says

    You were always there to greet me a huge smile and hug. You were a great friend and I will miss you. You were one of the most positive and happy people I’ve ever known. I feel blessed to have had you in my life.

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    Ardith Richter says

    prayers for your families. and knowing that when those heavenly gates opened you had so many that had open arms for your coming home.. Dear Heart you gave so many ETA’s such smiles with their songs too you. love and prayers from a kid in Wisconsin..

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    LaDawn Lemerond says

    The most beautiful sweet Lady I ever met in the Elvis (ETA) world.. Both inside an out..she opened her door to me to spend a couple of night during Elvis week.. I opened my door to her gladly when she came to Branson to Visit and enjoyed her spending a few nights by me ..We talked and laughed and a great time.. it has been a few years since I seen her now with moving to WI but she will always remain in my heart ..I love her dearly…RIP sweet Louise..

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    Lynn Matthews says

    Sending prayers and hugs to the family. Mrs. Louise will be missed by all. I always looked forward to seeing her when I went to Memphis. Fly high sweet Louise …

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    Jan JC Hatch says

    I will forever miss your beautiful smile & humor! You were an angel here and now you have your permanent wings!! You will sorely be missed!

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      Sherri Jankowski says

      You were beloved by your family and friends and a true southern lady. God bless you as you join other loved ones in Heaven.

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    Becky Kilpatrick says

    Sending prayers from Texas for your sweet mother

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    Jennifer Gloer says

    Saddened by the lose of this kind lovely lady who never turned an Elvis fan away when we wanted to say hi and meet her the world is alittle sadder now

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    Jamie Ryan says

    I’m so very glad and honored that I got to know her, she was one of the kindest sweetest ladies that I’ll ever know. She was loved by so many

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    Connie Holmberg says

    So sorry for your loss She was the nicest woman when I met her at Graceland.She will be greatly missed

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    Rena says

    So sorry for your loss, 🙏

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    Terrie Ross says

    Loved this beautiful soul. My husband my son daughter in law met her in Memphis and fell in love with her. She had so much love for everyone. Our deepest sympathy to the family and God speed strength and comfort to each one. She gained her wings. Till we meet again Miss Louise rest in Gods sweet embrace.

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    Alexys Goodwin says

    She was one of a kind she was loved by some many people when I went to Memphis she was there she was so happy but still can’t believe she gone I was in Memphis win she passed and couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that we will never see her again what a huge loss prying for everyone that knows mrs Louise smith prying for the family

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    Alexys Goodwin says

    She was one of a kind she was loved by some many people when I went to Memphis she was there she was so happy but still can’t believe she gone I was in Memphis win she passed and couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that we will never see her again what a huge loss prying for everyone that knows mrs Louise smith prying for the family what a huge lost

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    paul smith says

    my condolences to all the family and friends , prayers for you all

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      Joyce Walker says

      So sorry for your loss

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    Linda Marvin says

    She was one of the special reasons we loved to visit Memphis. She is going to be missed by so many, but now she is up in heaven with with Gene and Elvis and many others who went before her.

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    Terry Lindgren Jr says

    Sorry for your loss you will be greatly missed rest in piece we love you

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    Josh & Jessica Davis says

    Praying for your family in this difficult time. Ms Louise will always be loved and remembered. Thank you for sharing her with us in the the Elvis world.

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