Jean Marlene Smith (Johnson)
September 20, 1933 – November 15, 2021 (88 Years Old)
We are sad to announce that on November 15, 2021, at the age of 88, Jean Marlene Smith of Aurora, Colorado, born in Montgomery, Alabama passed away after a long illness. Please leave a sympathy message for the family on the memorial page of Jean Marlene Smith to pay them a last tribute. You may also light a candle in honor of Marlene Smith.
She was predeceased by: her husband Earl Smith, daughter Mary Jane Aker, step-daughter Lynn Hall, and granddaughter Kristin Elster. She is survived by her children, Karen Wilson (Jim), Kim Elster (Dale), Scott Aker and her stepchildren Lorrie Smith and Mark Smith. Marlene is also survived by her grandchildren: Marlana Schneider, Frank Haas, Virginia Thornton, Aryn Spurgeon, Jason Elster, and Heather Voiselle and numerous great-grandchildren (1 – deceased).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Children International, or St. Vincent de Paul homeless ministry through Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 13120 East Kentucky Avenue Aurora, CO 80012 (Mississippi and E. Kentucky Avenue).
During her life journey, Marlene worked as a secretary, serving a congressman in Washington D.C., various Air Force Bases and lastly at Buckley Air National Guard Base. She also worked as a retail salesclerk, waitress, and childcare activity teacher.
Marlene was very active at her church, Queen of Peace in Aurora. She volunteered as Eucharistic Minister providing Holy Communion and prayers to several local nursing facilities. In addition, she provided meals for many church events and sang in the choir for numerous shows.
One of her greatest accomplishments was as 1998 Ms. Senior Colorado. She performed a tap dance, modeled a beautiful gown and received a special award for an answer to the pre-pageant interviews.
Marlene was a very active person and enjoyed dancing, skiing, ice and roller skating, hiking, singing, and yoga.
She was an animal lover and provided a home to several beloved dogs and cats. She would also ensure the local birds and squirrels would not miss a meal. Abandoned dogs received special attention and she would ensure she would find a home for them.
She is much loved by her family and friends. We will miss her beautiful smile and gentle soul at family get togethers and church services.