Louise Smith

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Louise Smith

Louise Smith departed this life bound for Glory on Thursday, March 29, 2012, surrounded by loving family members.

Friends are invited to a Good Friday pre-celebration visitation from 9 to 10:55 a.m. The worship and thanksgiving celebration will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Friday, all services will be held at The Fountain of Praise (Hillcroft Campus), 13950 Hillcroft, Houston, Texas, 77085, Remus E. Wright, Senior Pastor. Interment will follow in Houston Memorial Gardens.

She leaves to cherish forever her precious legacy: three loving daughters, Brenda, Lola and Katie; nine caring sons, Terry, James, Thane, Kevin, Dannie, Bruce, Troy and Mark, all of Houston, and Roland of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sisters, Muriel Wallace and Dorothy Davis St. Clair, both of Houma; one brother, Calvin Rutledge also of Houma; four daughters-in-law, Nettie, Annette, Winona and Heidi; 31 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one godson, James Charles of Houma; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Van and Bertha Rutledge Sr.; one sister, Hester Mae Rutledge; one brother, Van Rutledge Jr.; a loving husband, Leoland Smith; and a daughter, Joyce Smith-Dickerson;

Louise Rutledge Smith was born to the late Van and Bertha (Gano) Rutledge on Oct. 23, 1924 in Houma. She was the third child of six children. Louise grew up and attended public schools in Houma. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by the late Rev. Ellis at the Morning Star Baptist Church in Houma and remained a faithful member until moving to Houston.

She met and married the Late Deacon Leoland Smith on July 6, 1944. To this marriage 13 children were born, nine boys and four girls. Louise and Leoland moved to Houston, after the birth of their first child.

She remained a faithful and dedicated member to Christ and was a great contributor to all of the Kingdom Work until her death.

Louise was a dedicated mother to her children and grandchildren who affectionately called her Maw-Maw. She not only fed her 13 children, but also her grandchildren and the many friends they all encountered during her life span and accepted whomever got the opportunity to eat at her table.

She will be remember as a great encourager, advisor, and listener by all who affectionately called her mother, maw-maw, Lou, auntie, Aunt Louise, Missy, Sister Smith, Louise and Mama Lou.

Troy B. Smith Professional Services of Houston, 713-734-8769, is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Houma Today & The Daily Comet from Apr. 1 to Apr. 6, 2012