Rita Smith March 28, 1930 - October 11, 2016 Chula Vista It is with heavy hearts and intense sorrow that we announce our beloved mother, grandmother, & great-grandmother Rita Smith has passed away. Mom was a selfless, caring, person who loved her family & friends more than herself. She was born in San Fernando, Trinidad, on March 28, 1930, but raised in Grenada West Indies. At age 25, she arrived in London England, where she trained to be a nurse. In 1966 she arrived in, New York where she married our dad, Leroy Smith, and raised her family. In 2004, Mom and Dad relocated to San Diego to live with their daughter and son in law. Sadly Dad passed away in 2010. But Mom remained strong for all of us. Mom was hospitalized a few times, each time she was gravely ill, yet she never gave up fighting for her life. Sadly Mom lost it on October 11, 2016. Our family is lost without her presence and we do not know how we will move forward, but we will because she would expect us to. But when there is a rainbow or a bright star in the sky, we will always know that she is nearby and watching over all of us, like she did while she lived. . Mom leaves behind, her children, Jennifer Leyerle, Larry Smith , David Smith, a grand daughter who she raised Rita Suzanne Branker, Son in-law Keith Leyerle, daughter-in law Denise Smith, grandchildren, Jarred, and Isabella Smith. Tyrone Hook her grand-son in-law, and her only great grandson, Jalen. Mom also leaves behind a close cousin, whom she loved like a daughter, Denise Caliste. Mom is preceded in death by her husband Leroy Smith and daughter, Carol Branker. Mom's memory will be in live in our hearts forever. Funeral arrangements by Community Mortuary, 855 Broadway, Chula Vista California 91911, 619-426-2006, Memorial Services will take place on Friday, October 21st, 2016, Internment service at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California on Monday October 24, 2016.
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