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Betty Smith

Betty Denita Smith

Monday, July 16th, 1951 - Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
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Obituary

Betty Denita Smith, 68, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in Katy, Texas. She was born in Jackson, TN to Virginia Ruth Collins and the late James D. Collins of Fort Wayne. Denita's professional life was as a self-taught computer guru (CISSP) and project manager (PMI PMP) at an international E&P company for 40 years.

Denita was not defined only by her successful career, but by her loving and giving spirit. She never hesitated to offer words of wisdom, caregiving or financial assistance and was admired and loved dearly by her family. Although she had an extremely responsible and demanding career, she always put family first. She lived her life by devoting it to the pursuit of knowledge, by giving back to others and doing whatever she pursued in a spirit of love. After retirement, Denita served on the Security Professionals Board and volunteered at Katy Christian Ministries.

Denita is survived by her husband, Roger Laine of Katy, TX; son, Max Smith of Atlanta, GA; sister, Glynda Harris & mother, Ruth Collins of Fort Wayne; Kristen Austion (Kenneth) niece, Amy Perry (Keith) niece , nine great nieces and nephews and four great, great nieces.

Denita was preceded in death by her father, James D. Collins and nephew James R. Babbitt. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Service and two Callings are at Fairhaven Funeral Home, 6557 N. Clinton St. Service starts at 10:30 am, Friday, January 24, 2020. Callings are 5:00-to-8:00 pm, Thursday, January 23, 2020, and at 9:30-to-10:30 am the next day. Burial is after the Service, in Covington Memorial Gardens, 8408 Covington Rd. To sign the online guestbook, go to www.fairhavenfortwayne.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00am
    When
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00am
    Location
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    Address
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, January 24th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    When
    Friday, January 24th, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    Location
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    Address
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, January 24th, 2020 | 10:30am
    When
    Friday, January 24th, 2020 10:30am
    Location
    FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services
    Address
    6557 N Clinton Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46825
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Covington Memorial Gardens
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Kori Calhoun-Newsome

Posted at 01:31pm
My Dear Friend Max & Family
I cannot fully express the sorrow I feel. With Deepest sympathy, I share in your sadness today and the days ahead.
I will always remember Ms Denita, your beautiful mother, wearing a bright smile, her caring nature and infinite wealth of advise. Max, there is no one in this world like your mother. She was a special
woman who loved you with every piece of her heart and soul. The LOVE she had for you is something that will Never go away, hold on to that and know she is Always with you!
I am thinking of you and praying for comfort for you and your family. Love, Kori
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Nancy L. Celosky

Posted at 10:40pm
We will miss you Cousin. See you in Heaven. Love, Nancy , Joe and Family Bobbie,Robbie and Family
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Bryan and Michele Vadney

Posted at 08:37pm
Our deepest sympathy to the family. Wish we could be there in person. All our love Bryan, Michele, Joe, Meghan and the kids
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Moye Colquitt

Posted at 10:12pm
Max I remember meeting your Mother once at the studio. I know how close your are, so sorry for your loss. God Bless you and your family. I went through this same thing 3 years ago. I know how it feels.
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Josh Garret

Posted at 07:01pm
Momma Smith you will truly be missed! I am so fortunate to have gotten to meet you. Max is a true testament to how amazing a mother you were!
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