Obituary of Minnie L Smith
SMITH - Minnie L. (Hardy) Of Buffalo, NY, entered into rest peacefully on January 16, 2022. Relatives and friends may visit the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 701 East Delavan Avenue, Buffalo, NY, on Tuesday, January 25, from 10-11 AM, with a Funeral Service immediately to follow. Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements by LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel).
The Story of Minnie L. Smith Minnie Lee Hardy Smith, respectfully known as Mama or Grandma was born on April 26, 1937 in Uniontown, Alabama to the late Aaron Clancy and Eloise Rembert Hardy. On Sunday, January 16, 2022 the creator called Minnie home to her final resting place. She attended the Alabama Public Schools until the family relocated to Buffalo, NY in 1950. She then attended School #75 and East High School. At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ and became a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Benton. On October 16, 1976 Minnie was united in marriage to the late Samuel ”Smitty” Smith. Minnie worked various jobs throughout her lifetime. She worked as a head cook at EJ Meyers. Later in life, Minnie decided to become a housewife so she can help raise her grandchildren. Shortly after the passing of her husband she became an in-home nurses aide and then became a foster parent. Minnie attended St. Elizabeth Holiness Church under the leadership of the late Reverend Booker T. Kincade. Then, she joined King Solomon Holiness Church under the leadership of the late Reverend O. G Motley. Later, she joined Holy Presence COGIC under the leadership of Pastor Elder Woods Jr. She joined the Eastern Stars and then later became a Worthy Matron of Lady Julia Barnette #316 International F&A.M. Masons. Minnie attended Mount Olive Baptist Church where she was a active nurse until her health declined under the leadership of Pastor William Gillison Jr. Minnie loved cooking, gardening, traveling, going to family reunions and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed entertaining and living life to the fullest. Minnie opened her home up to all of the neighborhood children. Whomever needed a place to lay their head, she was there to help. Preceding her in death, one sister: Rosetta Paige; one brother: James Hudson; stepfather: Joseph Hardy; one uncle: Johnnie Perry; stepmother: Bertha Clancy; two sons: Samuel E. Smith and David M. Smith; and thtee grandchildren: LaTaundra Hudson, Doris Faye Neely and Maejor Smith. Minnie leaves to cherish her precious memories, 8 children: John Baker, Wanda Johnson, Aaron (Gail) Hudson, Brenda Hudson, Tyanna (Walt) Griggs, Rashawn Smith, Rasheeda Smith, and Constantino Smith; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; one daughter in law: Laura Smith of Hampton Virginia; one sister: Sheila Perry of Auburn Hills, Michigan; 4 godchildren: DeJuaine “D’Mott” Motley, Amina Zinnerman, Yolanda Motley Taylor and Calvin Clark; special nephew: Pastor Frank Bostic; a special long-time friend: Frank Hudson Sr; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.