January 14, 1962 ~ September 5, 2011
Lorriann Smith nee Cardenas January 14, 1962 '€œ September 5, 2011 Lorriann (Cardenas) Smith died suddenly on September 5, 2011. Lorri was born in Bronx, New York where she lived until her marriage to Julian Z. Smith on September 2, 1984. Lorri graduated from Evander Child High School and held a variety of positions as an independent contractor, in customer service at Wegmans and as the office coordinator at the J.C. Penney salon. Lorri enjoyed spending time with family and friends and entertaining. Lorri loved to travel including special trips to Cuba, Italy, France, England, Hawaii, Canada, California and the Caribbean. Additionally, Lorri enjoyed collecting, wearing and sharing fine jewelry, shoes and handbags. Lorri symbolized the most important decision of her life when she was baptized on January 25, 1976 as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Lorri's zeal for teaching others bible truth motivated her to expand her share in the bible educational work of Jehovah's Witnesses as she enrolled as a full-time kingdom proclaimer in 1987. Lorri helped many to improve the quality of their lives through the application of bible principles. Lorri's enthusiasm for this work moved both her husband Julian and her son Jared to join her as full-time bible instructors. Lorri was a loving and supportive wife, caring mother and a true friend. Many have compared Lorri to the bible character Dorcas. Like Dorcas, Lorri 'abounded in good deeds and gifts of mercy' and was dearly loved by all. She is survived by her husband, Julian Z. Smith, son, Jared Z. Smith, mother, Doris Cardenas, sister Mercedes (Ramondo) Wilkinson, nephews Barak Cardenas of Bronxville, NY, Keith (Elizabeth) Cardenas of New Windsor, NY, niece Hilda Cardenas of Newburgh, NY, mother-in-law Annie (Thomas) Smith of Buffalo, NY, brothers-in-law Isaac (Faye) Smith of Brentwood TN, Thomas Gregory (Marlen) Smith of Antioch, CA, Bert (Jacqueline) Smith of Florence, KY; sisters-in-law, Edith (Milton) Jordan, Melissa (Jarvis) Tucker of Buffalo, NY and a host of nieces, nephews and dear friends. Lorri is predeceased by her father Pedro Cardenas, brother Andre (Hilda) Cardenas, sister, Emy Cardenas, father-in-law Thomas J. Smith and brother-in-law Thomas J. Smith Jr. Contributions may be made to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, New York 11201-2483. Visitations: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, September 10. 2011 at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home - 1075 Long Pond Road, Rochester, New York 14626 Services: Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 272 Farrell Rd Ext, West Henrietta, New York 14580 on Sunday, September 11. 2011 at 7 pm.