Jennabeth Powdrill Smythe

October 27, 1939 ~ February 4, 2011

Jennabeth Powdrill Smythe, 71, of Lake Charles passed from this life at 1:15 AM on Friday, February 4, 2011 in her residence.

Jennabeth was born on October 27, 1939, in Stockman, TX, and grew up in Sulphur. She graduated from Sulphur High School, attended McNeese State University, and was employed by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, retiring in 1995 as Parish Secretary after 33 years of service. Jennabeth was a member of and served as President of the Secretary-Treasurers Organization of the Louisiana Police Jury Association.

Jennabeth also served for many years as Administrative Secretary to the Calcasieu Parish Public Trust Authority, retiring in that capacity in 2008. In addition, she was Recording Secretary for the Airport Authority, governing authority of the Lake Charles Regional Airport.

She served as President of the Calcasieu Unit of the American Cancer Society, co-chaired the Residential Campaign for the American Cancer Society, and was active in various other undertakings by the Society. She was also active in the Junior League of Lake Charles, Krewe of Mystique, the Planters League, and other civic organizations.

Jennabeth loved people and had a genuine flair for living life to the fullest. Kind-hearted and generous, she enjoyed having those she loved close by-entertaining and sharing good times. Jennabeth touched many lives with her winning smile, caring and compassionate nature, keen wit and sense of humor, and her "joie de'vivre". Her memory will be cherished, and she will be greatly missed.

Those left to cherish her memory are three sons, Marck Paul Smythe, DDS and wife Paula of Big Lake, Howard Vincent Smythe, II and wife Judy of Moss Bluff, and William Smythe of Lake Charles; two daughters, Sherrill Smythe Ortego of Lake Charles and Mary Candace Smythe Pence and husband Larry of Nocona, TX; six granddaughters, Elizabeth Ann Duke, Tara Olivier, Lindsay Smythe, Kathryn McKee, Emily Rape, and Grace Renee Jennabeth Dial; two grandsons, Brandon Smythe Dial and Aaron Nye Dial; six great grandchildren; a brother, Joe Powdrill of Timpson, TX; a sister, Joy Bonner and husband Robert Preston of Many, LA; 4 nieces and nephews; 8 great nieces and nephews; and 7 great great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Era Powdrill; her husband, Dr. Howard Vincent Smythe, and a son, Randall Scott Dial.

Special thanks to Jennabeth's care givers for their compassion and dedication to her well being: Evelyn Briscoe, Teresa Drake, Liz Riley, Lenora Frank, and Hester Jackson. Special thanks also to her Hospice Nurse, Dody, and all of the Odyssey Hospice staff.

A funeral mass will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Monsignor Jace Eskind will officiate. Burial will be in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a rosary being recited at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until 1:30 PM in the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Dr. Marck Paul Smythe, Howard Vincent Smythe II, Paul Bonin, Charles Childs, Mark McMurray, and Bill Day.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105,

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  1. Candy, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I haven't seen you in a long time, but I think about you often and hope that you are doing good. You and your family are in my prayers. Take care.

  2. Dear Aunt Jennabeth,You were such an inspiration to me with your beauty, your grace and your wonderful personality. I will always remember such wonderful times with you, especially the many Thanksgivings we shared at your big house on Kirby St. Thanks for being a light to my life. Love Your Niece, Becky Bonner Day

  3. Dearest Grandhoney, You were so special to me, and my memories of our times together will last forever. I will miss you so much, but I am so happy that you and Granddaddy are together again! All of my love, Kathryn

  4. Dearest Jennabeth,All I can think about is you as a little girl following me to school and me having to take you back home. You were so smart and so beautiful and such a joy to our lives. As your big sister you were my little doll. You grew up to be such a precious lady that I will always be so very proud of. I will miss you terribly but the memories will remain forever. I am so very thankful that you are in our Lord Jesus's hands. Love you forever, Your sister Joy

  5. I was so saddened the news of Jennabeth's passing. She was a very special lady and will be sorely missed by those she touched. She always had a bright smile and a twinkle in her eyes. I loved to hear her laugh. Jennabeth and my parents were very close friends. She was so thoughtful and kind –she was still checking on my mother even though it wasn't easy for her. I wish I could have been there, but know that my heart and prayers are with you Jennabeth and family.

  6. Jennabeth and I were close friends while attending Sulphur High. She contributed much during her life time, and her presence will be missed. Rest in peace, dear Jennabeth.

  7. Jennabeth was a caring person. She took the initiative and worked to have the PJ change the name of the Southwest Flyers Road to Tom Watson Road to honor the memory of a veteran police Juror ( my father)with whom she worked for many years. We never knew what was going on until it actually occurred.

  8. Jennabeth was everyone's friend. When Jennabeth retired as recording secretary for the Airport Authority, Mayor Roach was asked to proclaim that day as Jennabeth Smyth Day. It was such a small token for someone who had done so much. She came to the meeting and beamed as she always did.

  9. Jennabeth, Little did I know how greatly my life would be enriched – and my heart grow – when you hired me as your secretary in 1974. We became true friends and close confidantes, a relationship that just kept growing and evolving over the years. How thankful I am and blessed beyond measure. So many precious memories etched forever in my heart. What a glorious reunion you must be having! I'm happy for you, Honey. Give my regards, and we'll just keep smiling until then.xoxoxo and MUCH love,Kathy

  10. Mrs. Jennabeth was more than a friend and never stopped being my mother in law. Always welcomed me into her home and loved her 3 grandchildren so very much though distance prevented more visits. She doited and loved on them through mail, cards, calls (never missed a birthday) and our visits were always wonderful full of fun and love with all that side of the family. Though I did not stay married to Randall you stayed my mother in love and You would be most proud of his three angels, though most grown now. I will miss my visits and our conversation, I love you and until God's tomorrow….Give Doc my love. I send my love to the caring uncles and aunts there, you are blessings beyond measure.

  11. on clarence street,I was a child, and I was following dennis around and we went to dr Smythe's house to visit and I called her Honey and Howard,lee, and Dennis and Jenabeth started laughing(in a good way) that memory won't go away. I'm sorry,I miss her too. KO

  12. Pete I were friends with Red Jennabeth when we lived in LC – great people, much fun, big hearted. Always enjoyed Jennabeth's surprise phone calls when we would start talking pick up on life's happenings as if we had talked the day before – that's a true old friend. She was a delight and will be missed. Our condolences to the Smythe, Powdrill, and Rial families.

  13. Vince/Judy, Times like this are always tough. Always remember the good times. My sincere condolence. Bill and Barb Ray

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