August 3, 1924 ~ November 14, 2020

Born in: Lima, Ohio
Resided in: Torrance, California

Jean Louise Smith was born to Howard Louis and Mary Arlene Trempert on August 3, 1924 in Lima, Ohio, She was the first of seven children. She is survived by three of her siblings: Bob, Sandy and Kaylene and many nieces and nephews. She married William (Bill or Jack) Smith in 1942. They were married 58 years before he met Jesus in 2000. They had four children: Jackie, Nan, Mark (Nok) and Greg (Yvette) and many others that Jean considered family. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren. We all shared many family dinners and celebrations at grandpa and grandma’s house

She received Jesus as her Savior in the late 40’s and led many of her family and friends to the Lord. She and her family settled in California in the 50’s after attending Bible School in Indiana and a stop in New Mexico where they served at a Christian Indian School. She was devoted to Christ and served as caretaker, servant and friend to many for over 75 years. The way she loved and cared was without comparison. She was surrounded (in person, video, or by phone) not just her whole life but especially the last few months by family and friends. Jean Louise Smith passed from this earth into the arms of Jesus on Saturday morning, November 14, 2020.

Arrangements are being handled by Lighthouse Memorials & Receptions- Rice Center Torrance, California (310) 792-7599. Interment will be at Pacific Crest Cemetery, Redondo Beach, California. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to King’s Way Community Church, 1748 West 251st Street, Lomita, California 90717.

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  1. My condolences. What a wonderful life she had with so many that loved her. May she Rest In Peace. God bless you and your family.

  2. God bless her and may she rest in Jesus” arms. Thank you, Jackie, for all of your hard work. You too, Nan and Nicole. Bless all of you and give you comfort knowing you gave her the best.

  3. candle 4To our dear friend, MAJ Mark “Zippo” Smith and family, we offer our deepest condolences and prayers on behalf of your dear mother, Jean. May God cradle her in His arms and grant her eternal happiness.

  4. Mark, Sometimes words cannot express, but sympathy and understanding are with you. I can only relate it to the passing of my father. They leave us with a void, that only time cures. May your path be blessed my brother and stay as brave and kind as always.

  5. candle 2The best grandmother in the world… I carry you everywhere I go ❤️ I’m so proud to be your namesake. We love you so much.

  6. candle 2Captain George K Wanat . Loc Ninh VN with Mark, Cambodia with my brother Zippo. I pray your Mom can rest in peace. I know how much you loved her Zip.

  7. candle 5Jim Coyne – Friend of Mark’s for so long I feel I knew his mom personally, and I wish I would have met her. I heard his stories firsthand, on the DZ’s in Thailand, the ROK DMZ, and the watering holes in Fayetteville, Alexandria and D.C. So many laughs, and it will be the laughs we remember – a good woman who lived every crowded hour. My deepest condolences to Zip, his family and all her friends.

    God bless and keep her.

  8. candle 8We miss my dear sister Louise. She was the spark for presenting Jesus to our family and to all who experienced her love and service. She was always there to pray and to keep the family together. It didn’t matter where any of us were located in the world. In our case, she always reached out by phone to us to find out about any critical condition, whether we were in Ohio, Indiana, Alabama, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, or California. She always had a room for us when we were traveling through the area. We will always hold her love in our hearts. Nobody could have a better big sis.
    Bob and Marilyn Trempert

  9. candle 7Every Mother deserves to be loved and cared for as Mrs. Smith was loved and cared for. I am sad to say I never met her in person but I have heard of her from Mark over the past decades and she always reminded me of my own Mother in that she was a great athlete, would take her family camping, and was the rock of spirituality and faith in hard times. And the hard times did come, and that is when Mrs. Smith truly shined. When her sons or grandchildren went to war no one prayed more for their safe return. Her life is now like a beacon for all others who are left behind to find their way in these dark days. All Black Lions and their loved ones bow our heads today to quietly honor Jean Louise Smith. God Bless you Mark, and all those who cared for your Mother

  10. To Mark specifically: Thank God for mothers such as this. While we did not personally know, Mrs. Smith, there’s no getting around knowing Maj. Mark “Zippo” for very long without knowing how special she was as a mom and what an outstanding job she did raising at least ONE of her children. What a blessing to have had your mother as long as you did, Mark. Not all of us were that fortunate.
    May you and your family always remember what a blessing your mother was and don’t forget to share the teachings she gave that made you who you are. God bless.

    Black Lions, Sir!

  11. candle 7Major Mark Smith, SF Retired,
    For your mother Louise Smith

    May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back,
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and the rains fall soft upon your fields,
    and until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

  12. candle 7To Jean My Jelly Bean,

    Like baskets with bows, and
    kittens with strings, my grandma is one of my favorite things.

    I love you grandma and know that you’re not physically here, but now everywhere and in our hearts.

    Sister Suzy

  13. candle 7Thank you for being a long time friend and part of our family. It was always nice of you to come and visit with my Mom and Dad. You will always be missed. Our prayers to the family.

    Love always,

  14. candle 7I remember gathering on Sunday nights in the living room at the Hawthorne house watching Bonanza together and eating pizza and mac & cheese and cookies Louise always made all of us feel so loved and welcome. What a wonderful woman of God!

  15. candle 2May you find comfort in heaven and continue to watch and guide your loved ones. Thank you for helping raise one of the best people I know. I am blessed to have known you and will remember you forever.

  16. Dear Family of Mrs. Smith. My condolences to you all for your loss. Mrs. Smith was a special person, a friend, mother and grandmother to alot of us. She will always be remembered in a special way.

  17. Dear Nan and Jolene (and Gavin, Piper, and Ellie)–
    We are so thankful for your Mom/Grandma’s long life spent loving and serving her family. Both of you carry on her gift of hospitality and a wide, open heart. May the Lord comfort you and bless you with many memories of laughter and love, even as you grieve.

  18. candle 4Cliff Woolley VN 1971, Cambodia 1997
    Dear Major and all Smith family. Please accept my deepest heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother. We are forever grateful for you inviting me and my children to spend Christmas in 2015 at your family home in Torrance. Your mother was most gracious and kind. You and I have forged our friendship in fire together in the ’97 coup in Cambodia. May mom rest in peace.

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