Denice Kelly Smith-Jackson
1954 - 2020
BORN
1954
DIED
2020
FUNERAL HOME
Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.
2959 West 11th Avenue
Gary, IN
Born on December 12, 1954, Denice Kelly Smith made her transition to the Kingdom of Heaven on November 14, 2020. She graduated from Gary Roosevelt High School, Class of 1973. She then went on to graduate with a BS degree in Elementary and Special Education from Northern Illinois University. She received her Master's Degree from Indiana University South Bend. She devoted over 40 years in educating the children of Gary. She loved ALL children. In 1991 she married Robert Jackson, whom preceded her in death in 2017. To this union, two boys were raised, Mark and Neil. Denice is also preceded in death by parents Earl A. Smith Sr. and Robbie Smith, brothers Robert Smith and Gerald Smith. She leaves to celebrate her home going two sons Mark (Blair) Smith of Indianapolis, IN and Neil Jackson; granddaughter Bailee Smith; brother Earl (Roberta) Smith Jr.; sister Earline (Louis C.) Rogers; sisters-in-law Melvina Smith and Louise Smith all of Gary, IN and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and special canine friend Buster. Visitation Monday, November 23, 2020 from 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. family hour 10-11:00 a.m. with Funeral Services to follow at 11:00 a.m. All services at St. John Baptist Church 2457 Massachusetts St. Gary, IN 46407 Rev. R. E. Robinson officiating. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery.


Published by Post-Tribune on Nov. 19, 2020.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Nov
23
Visitation
9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
St. John Baptist Church
2457 Massachusetts St. , Gary, IN
Nov
23
Calling hours
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
St. John Baptist Church
2457 Massachusetts St. , Gary, IN
Nov
23
Funeral service
11:00a.m.
St. John Baptist Church
2457 Massachusetts St. , Gary, IN
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Guy & Allen Funeral Directors, Inc.
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26 Entries
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Gretchen Green
Friend
November 25, 2020
Denise, a beautiful soul and spirit. Will be missed and remembered. Rest in heaven.
David C Stalling
Friend
November 23, 2020
Denice and I became close friends at Duncan Elementary in 5th grade. That friendship continued. When she came to visit Arizona we spent most of her time here together. It was awesome reuniting and reminiscing about the old days. Denice will be missed. She had become family.
My condolences and Blessings to the Smith Family!
Diann Dabney
Classmate
November 23, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Mary Bland
Coworker
November 23, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Karen johnson
Friend
November 22, 2020
The Family of Denice Smith-Jackson,
May God comfort you with peace, comfort and strength. For “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”
Denice and I met at Friendship Baptist Church (East Chicago, IN) several years ago and have remained good friends. We talked every morning to laugh, discuss life or just to be a shoulder for each to cry on. You will be truly missed, my dear friend!!!

Love,
Wanda (Clay Bonner) & Prudence Scott
Wanda (Clay Bonner) & Prudence Scott
Friend
November 22, 2020
Denice was a very sweet and kind hearted person We the intercessors are praying for the family
Friendship Baptist Church Intercessory Prayer ministry
Friend
November 22, 2020
Denise and I had a lot of funny memories together most of them at the expense of my sister, Karen. We loved laughing at the crazy things that happened, memories of just hanging out at Henrietta house, me and Denise graduated together. Rest in Heaven my friend.
Phyllis Mitchell
Friend
November 22, 2020
To the Children and Family I sent my Condolences and prayers for strength. Denise and I worked at Vohr School together and she loved her Students. I know she has made it in, because Denise loved the Lord. Nurse Starks
Geraldine Starks
Friend
November 22, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jacqueline Bowman Beckwith
Friend
November 22, 2020
Rip Denise
Camille Mitchell
Friend
November 21, 2020
I am deeply hurt by the loss of Denice Jackson. I had the pleasure of working with her, her brothers, and her sister-in-law. My heartfelt condolences to her family, her students, and all who came to know and love her. My thoughts and prayers are with you. (Psalm 65:2)
Miquell Mitchell
Coworker
November 20, 2020
To Earl and Earlene:
My sincere prayers and condolences go out to the entire Smith Family. I was so sadden to learn of the passing of your baby sister Deniece. Remember that earth has no sorrows that heaven can not heal. One thing for certain the Smith and Preston Families share an unbreakable bond.
Much Love the Preston Family
Dorothy Preston
Friend
November 19, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Cathy Russell
Acquaintance
November 19, 2020
Mark, Neal, Blair and Bailee May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I will miss my old friend but have many fond memories of seasons we shared. We raised our kids together, Church, Baseball and Basketball memories will never be forgotten. Most importantly we served God together for many years at Friendship Baptist Church. I still see our sons ushering in those peach shirts til they graduated and went away to college. God is able to comfort you and you know she is with the Lord.
Duane & Bernice Grant
Family
November 19, 2020
God, has called home another Angel as your Soul enters the Golden Gates Of Heaven. Many people and Buster will miss you. You were a special education teacher a Mother your Sons Mark and Neil That you taught to be respectful, responsible Men in this World . That have memories with what you have taught them and I know they hold them dear to their hearts. There is nothing like the lessons Mama teaches us. That’s one on one love, hug’s . It takes a special person with a special heart with patience’s, kindness. You have impact a lot of children where they are able to succeed on life. GOD BLESS YOU. Mrs. Denise I feel in my heart you have earned your CROWN OF GLORY. THE LEGACY YOU LEAVE SPEAKS FOR YOU ENJOY HEAVEN ❤ Love Deborah Weaver Your Niece Tamara friend and yours.
Deborah Weaver
Friend
November 19, 2020
Kamieka Barnes
November 19, 2020
God has called home another Angel as your Soul enters the golden gates of Heaven. Many people an Buster will miss you. Your were a special education teacher. It takes a special person with a special heart with the patience with the kindness you have impact a lot of children where they are able to succeed in life. God Bless you . Ms Denise I feel in my heart you have earned your CROWN OF GLORY. Enjoy Heaven ❤ Love Deborah Weaver Your Niece Tamara friend and yours.
Deborah Weaver
Friend
November 19, 2020
To the Smith Family,
Sorry to hear about the passing of your love one. May God comfort you during this time of bereavement.
Minietta Nelson
Acquaintance
November 19, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow of this awesome mom
scott lundsey
Acquaintance
November 19, 2020
I hate to say r.I.p to ms.jackson she taught me and my two brothers...she stay on our butts no matter what...I love u and u will truly be missed
Keana porter
Student
November 19, 2020
Denise and I met in the 60's and trek through teen life together with our close knit group of friends. She always was a humble, funny and honest friend. I've love her since the first day we met and still do to this day. I will always treasure our friendship and the love we always had. Rest in Gods arms now my sister. God willing we'll see each other again by and by. Love you Sis.❤
L C Molett
Friend
November 18, 2020
Denice was a beautiful person & could make someone laugh in a minute. Her loss is felt by all who knew her.
Anne Besmark
November 18, 2020
My heart hurts friend, I can’t believe you’re gone. I know you’re in a better place, no more pain or suffering. Until we meet again,I will cherish your memory. Much Love to you forever. Friends for life my sister! ❤❤❤
Karen A. Mitchell and family
Friend
November 18, 2020
I'm truly sorry for the loss of the Smith family. Ya'll have my deepest condolences. May God continue to blessed and strengthen the family. There is no sorrow and earth that heaven can't heal.
Willie Donte Fitch
Friend
November 17, 2020
Loved you then. Love you still. Always have....Always will.
Henrietta Taylor
Friend
November 17, 2020
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