Earline Jo "Pickle" Jennings Smith, 75, of Baton Rouge, passed away at her home on Thursday, March 13th, 2014, after a year long, extremely courageous battle against Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Upon her death, she was lovingly surrounded by her 5 children and their spouses and her 17 grandchildren. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, who was loved by many and lived by her faith in God. She was a native of Opelousas, La. and lived in Baton Rouge for the past 65 years. "Pickle" is survived by her children Bilwood Smith, Jr. and wife Christy of Baton Rouge; Jennifer Smith Culotta of Baton Rouge; Ashley Smith Haynes and husband Kevin of Monroe, La.; Marque Ann Smith Barton of Overland Park, Ks.; Dr. Bradford Smith and wife Heidi of Baton Rouge; sister Diane J. Walker and husband Kelso of Baton Rouge. Also, she is survived by her 17 grandchildren: Mindy and Bilwood Smith, III; Elizabeth and Sarah Ashley Culotta; Patrick, Rachael, Christopher, Michael, and Laura Haynes; Rebecca, Kate, and Andrew Barton; Caroline, Allie, Bradford, Catherine, and Virginia Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband Bilwood Smith, her parents Alice McCormick Jennings and Earl Jennings, and her sister Elena J. Sanders. Pickle was a graduate of Baton Rouge High School and Louisiana State University. During her college years she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, a "Kappa Sigma Dream Girl", an ROTC Sponsor, and the "LSU Freshman Queen." She taught elementary school for a short while before becoming a full time mother/homemaker. After raising her children, she worked as a real estate investor. She was a true "lover of life", and she loved to exercise, travel, and spend time with family and friends. She was very involved in church activities and bible studies, including "Spiritual Quest" associated with the First United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Potpourri Book Club, a supporter of the B.R. Symphony and numerous charitable organizations, and a member of the "LaLa's Lunch Group", where she lunched with high school friends on a monthly basis. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 17th, 2014, at First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with services to immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to The Baton Rouge
or The Hospice of Baton Rouge.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Mar. 14 to Mar. 17, 2014