Laurelle Smith, 73, of Fairmont, WV passed away on January 3, 2021 at her residence in Fairmont, WV. She was born August 13, 1947 in Morgantown. She was the daughter of the late James Junior and Sylvia Opal (Wilson) Smith.
Laurelle retired from Verizon as a consultant, however she had spent many years in food service. She also worked at the Pentagon as a secretary for several years. Laurelle was most happy when spending time with family, which was a big part of her life. Laurelle was Catholic by faith, but had recently attended the Central Church of the Nazarene in Fairmont. She loved animals. Over the last few years she had lost three of her beloved dogs, Sammie, Lazarus, and JR, whom she loved dearly. Laurelle also adored her cat, Rosebud, who is left behind to grieve her loving human. Laurelle actively supported several animal rescue groups and enjoyed following the rescued pet pages on Facebook. She was also a member of the Fairmont Women’s Club and WTCU. Until COVID-19 changed her world, Laurelle had a weekly dinner date with her cousins (“The Golden Girls”), Merry Lee Powell, Kitty Johnson, and Doris Christy.
Laurelle is survived by one niece and three nephews, Erica Janes-McCarty (Mark), of Fairmont, Duane Janes and his wife Lorraine, whom was consistently by Laurelle’s side the final weeks of her life, Raymond (Valerie) Janes, and Ronald (Billie) Janes Jr, all of Morgantown; great nieces, Theresa and Sylvia Janes, Madison and Karson Janes, Carrie Hull, River Spacht, and Morgan and Harley Janes; one great nephew, Nathaniel Janes (Samantha) and their daughter Quinnley, Laurelle’s great-great niece; she is also survived by two very special friends, Joanna Johnson and Joni Johnson Gray (Michael), who always included her in their Johnson Family functions and were wonderful in helping to care for Laurelle in her final months.
In addition to her parents, Laurelle was preceded in death by her sister, Lonabell Janes Knisell in 2014.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in memory of Laurelle Smith to either Pet Helpers, 726 East Park Ave. PMB 311, Fairmont, WV 26554 or M-SNAP (Mountaineer spay and neuter assistance program) PO Box 4335, Morgantown, WV 26504.
Davis Funeral Home and Onsite Crematory handled the cremation arrangements for the Smith Family. Online condolences can be made on DavisFuneralHomeWV.com. Davis Funeral Home is honored to assist the Smith.
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