Geraldine “Jeri” Louise Smith, 90, was born October 29, 1932 and passed away March 6, 2023. She was the only daughter of the late Marie Theresa (Duhaut) and Arthur James Mealey.
Jeri and her brothers were first generation born in America on her mother’s side who immigrated from France. Although Jeri’s young life was severely challenged after her mother’s death, she succeeded in becoming a pillar of her community wherever she lived. Her vast knowledge of civil law was impeccable.
Throughout Jeri’s life, she was involved in many community organizations including The Red Hat Society, Winter Resident Committee member, Card Club member, and a Library Volunteer. As a Library Volunteer, Jeri collected age-appropriate books for children. She also enjoyed collecting and donating handmade baby blankets.
Jeri was predeceased by her husband, Albert. R. Smith, Sr. (2003); son, Rickie A. Smith (2018); grandson, Arthur J. Smith, Jr. (2020); parents, Marie T. (Duhaut) and Arthur James Mealey; and her brothers, June, Chuck, and Marvin.
She is survived by her children, Vickie, Albert Jr. and Arthur Sr; grandchildren, Chase (Aurora), Summer (Paul), Shawn, Chasity, and Angelica; great-grandchildren, Austin, Mercedez, Brittany, Vanessa, Analee, Rickie III, Jennifer, Shawna, Mary and Anthony; and great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Buck Ashcraft San Benito Funeral Home. A chapel service will follow at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Chris Hall officiating.
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