Josephine Elaine Smith, Youngstown, Ohio Obituary


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Ms. Josephine Elaine Smith, 79, of Youngstown, retired to her home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, February 22, 2021.

Mrs. Smith was born in Youngstown on June 11, 1941, to James Edward Sr. and Arrie Mae Battle Smith.

She graduated from North High School in 1959 and Youngstown State University in 1993 and received her degree in social work.

North High School Alumni Honors

She was employed as a social worker at Help Hotline and Mycap.

A valued Church worker, Josephine was a member of the Cathedral of Hope (formerly known as the Church of Hope Spiritual) where she served as an elderly mother, missionary, and other Church minister. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Miriam Chapter # 76, Benevolent Grand Chaplin; was part of the Government Health Task Force and the AARP.

She leaves to mourn her death but to enjoy her eternal peace, four daughters, Lawanna L. Walker-Lockett, Darlene A. Brown and her husband William, Brenda J. Walker-Townsel and Dara M. Walker , all from Youngstown; two sisters, Jean E. Smith Kirk-Butler and her husband Timothy of Youngstown and Janice Wright and her husband Paul of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; a sister-in-law, Daphne Smith; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded by the death of her brother James E. Smith Jr.; a sister, Joan E. Fuller; and grandson, Deonta L. Walker.

The tour will take place on Thursday, March 4, 2021, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of Hope, 1315 Jacobs Rd., Youngstown. Private services only for families will follow.

Due to the pandemic, all guests are asked to wear masks and observe social distancing. For the health and safety of all, we ask guests not to linger in the church after viewing.

Arrangements are made by the LE Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home Inc.

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