On March 29, 2017, Lorene Smith peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior. Lorene was born Aug. 5, 1929, in Harlan County, Kentucky, to Minnie Ada and William Daniel Horn. Lorene's father was killed in a coal mine accident before she was born, so her mother moved back to Claiborne County, Tennessee. Lorene lived with her grandmother, Martha Jane Roach, a full-blooded Cherokee, until she was 5. She then moved to live with her mother and stepfather, Minnie Ada and Dwight Cline.
She met her first husband, a handsome man she would later say offered her a ride to Knoxville to work. She went with him, got chased by the police and ran after him running out of her shoes, ending up in the police station. She wasn't in any trouble, but they didn't know what to do with her.
Frank Smith kept giving her rides and finally said he was moving north to Indiana and asked if Lorene wanted to go along. She agreed and married Frank Smith on Feb. 26, 1953 in Kokomo. Lorene had a son when she met Frank, and Frank always introduced Jim as his son. Lorene and Frank had two more children, James Horne, Frank W. (Patricia) Smith and Paulette "Trudy" (Brett) Blue.
After Frank Smith's death April 15, 1961, Lorene raised three children by working several jobs, sometimes two or three jobs at once. She worked at several restaurants as a waitress. She also worked at several small factories. Lorene also remarried a few times, but was sad to find that they could not take the place of her first love.
Lorene's final factory work was at Milbank Manufacturing, where she made many friends. She gave up factory work to raise her youngest grandchild. She taught him several skills, such as playing at the park, riding a tricycle, writing his name, loving "The Price is Right," cussing like a factory worker and playing checkers.
Lorene was blessed with many grandchildren and loved them each dearly. They are Angela (Chris) Wirick, James "Jimmy" L. Horne and Lisa Kissinger, Christina Horne, James Horne Jr., Dawn Salazar, Amanda and Antonio Elvira, Lori McMillan, Sean Blue and McKenzie Womack.
Great-grandchildren are Jessica Wirick, Kayla Wirick, Derek Wirick, Shane Wirick, Thilea Sustaita, Alonzo Sustaita, Jorge Elvira, Jozlynn Torres, Iseah Aguilar, Francisco Aguilar and Jackie Aguilar. Great-great-grandchildren are Shelby, Brookelynn, Kenlei, Payten, Ayden, Aubrey, Emma and Aly.
The family would also like to thank the Smith family members who traveled from Maynardville, Tennessee. We love you and hope to see you soon.
If you were not able to attend Lorene's celebration of life at Ellers Mortuary on April 14, please know that Momma had a message she wanted to share with all of you. She wanted all to know that she was saved, and she knew she was a child of God.
Published on May 14, 2017