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Clara Jeanette Smith

October 14, 2016
Pine Island Eagle

Long time Pine Island resident, Clara Jeanette Smith, known to all as Jeanette, passed away Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral.

She was born September 5, 1930 in Pratt City, Jefferson County, Alabama, the daughter of Cullen Jackson and Lillie Pearl (Williamson) Smith. She was raised by her maternal grandparents, John Andrew Jackson and Margaret Witiker (Bradley) Williamson, after her mother died six days before Jeanette's first birthday. Jeanette started working at age 12 in a local movie theater selling tickets and was manager of her own house by 25. She attended the University of Alabama, Birmingham majoring in Business Management. Working for J. J. Newberry, she co-managed the Garden Shop. After earning a degree in Horticulture, she started her own business with two cousins a combined 15 acre nursery and 117 acre sod farm. Retiring in 1994, she moved to Pine Island where she grew tropical fruit on her two acre property. If you wanted lychees, mangos, or soursop, you only needed to see Jeanette. She was one of the founding members of the Mango Mania event which now draws thousands every July.

She was a member of the Estero Island Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her DAR Patriot was John Hogg, Sr. of South Carolina who performed civil service as a juror in 1778-1779. She was very proud of this and of proving her lineage for membership in the United Daughters of the Confederacy as well. Her UDC Patriot was Samuel Ashberry Bradley who served in Company B, 58th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, CSA.

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Jeanette was a member of the Pine Island Garden Club, the Pine Island Genealogical Society, the Lee County Genealogical Society and an usher at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Bokeelia. She collected cookbooks, played piano and enjoyed music having a large album collection. Her annual Christmas party was well attended by her many friends on Pine Island.

Mass will be held in her honor on Tuesday, October 25th at 10:30 at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, 12175 Stringfellow Rd, Bokeelia, FL. Please visit to view the tribute page.



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