Ozie M. Smith, departed this life on Monday, October 10, 2016, at Community Hospital in Munster, IN. Ozie was born on March 31, 1940, to the late Ozie Smith, Sr. and Rebecca Fortson Smith. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined Greater St. James A.M.E Church where she worked faithfully and diligently. She was a graduate of Gary Roosevelt High School, Class of 1958, and attended Indiana University Northwest. Ozie was a retired employee of LTV Steel with over 35 years of service and a long time member of United Steel Workers, Local 3127 at LTV. She was a practicing Travel Agent, who loved to travel and traveled worldwide; volunteered at Lake County United Way; and a life-long member of the Mary J's. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rebecca and Ozie Smith Sr., brothers Ozie Smith Jr. and Freddie L. Smith; sister, Walter M. Smith McClinon. She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted Aunt, Mary Ann Steward, devoted cousin Lora (Frank) Ingram and children; three nieces Karen (Robert) Scott, Janet Smith and Rebecca Smith and goddaughter Jerla Freeman (Anthony) Disco, along with cherished and loving friends Cleotha, George, Joan, Mary Ann, Materia¸ Sandra, Shelia and Wornie; relatives of the Smith and Fortson families, including a host of other relatives, co-workers, friends and neighbors. Ozie will truly be missed by all who loved her and came in contact with her. She lived life to the FULLEST. Visitation will be Sunday, October 16, 2016, 12Noon -8PM at Smith Bizzell & Warner, 4209 Grant Street, Gary, IN. Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 11AM with (9-11AM viewing) at Greater St. James A.M.E Church, 2601 Massachusetts Gary, IN. Rev. Dr. Patricia Efiom officiating with Interment Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, make donations to Greater St. James A.M.E. Church.
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