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Reflections of Her Journey
1945 - 2018
Louise Moore-Smith was born on March 25, 1945 in Meridian, Mississippi to Johnny Spencer Moore and Addie (Nicholson) Moore. She was one of seven children. On January 18, 2018, Louise was called home to Glory and reunited with her husband George on their wedding anniversary.
Louise attended T. J. Harris High School where she met her sweetheart George Andrew Smith. They married on January 18, 1962 and to this union two children, Ramona and Anthony, were born. George lovingly called his wife, “Sweet Lou” and she called him, “Honey Bunny.” They were the definition of a classy, loving, and dignified couple.
The Smiths became involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. Through the numerous death threats to their home, and the countless times that George was jailed; Louise never let her strength waiver. She stood right by her husband’s side and cared for their children.
The Smiths moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1967 and Louise became employed with the City of Fort Wayne soon after. She worked in various departments within the company; retiring from the Purchasing Department in 2002 after over 30 years of service.
Louise was a longtime member of Greater Progressive Baptist Church. While at Greater Progressive, she served as announcement clerk and a member of the Greater Progressive Baptist Church Mass Choir for over 30 years. She was also a part of Greater Progressive’s most notable Gospel Train Production. She brought the train in only a way that Louise can!!!
Even when her health began to decline, Louise continued to serve alongside her husband with a sweet smile and a heart of gold. She was a part of various community organizations which includes the Concerned Christians Club of Fort Wayne; a Life-time member of Fort Wayne-Allen County Branch NAACP, The Civil Rights Tour Coordinator for The Martin Luther King Club, Inc. (it’s one thing to be a part of an organization; but, it’s another to have lived through and fought for justice and equality); she was the Guest Speaker Coordinator the annual MLK Unity Day Celebration. She and George were on platform with Glyn Gleason, founder of the MLK Club, Inc., working side by side to help educate the community. She served faithfully until she could not any longer.
Louise took pride in her home, her family and in her appearance. She was a classy and elegant woman. She loved her children, adored her grandchildren and kept her great grandchildren close to her heart. Her smile, her laugh, her wisdom, her selflessness, her love, and the fight in her will truly be missed. We thank God for the gift of her and her legacy.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Addie Moore; siblings, Howard Moore, Lorraine Pope, and Marjorie Moore; her soulmate, George Smith, Jr.
Louise leaves to cherish her memory, her loving daughter and caregiver, Ramona King; her son, Anthony “Tony” Smith, both of Fort Wayne; two grandsons, Anthony R. Smith and David A. Fuqua, Jr.; one granddaughter, Dasha A. Fuqua all of Fort Wayne; six great grandchildren; sisters, Birdesey Pope of Memphis, Tennessee and Nancy Kirkpatrick of Las Vegas, Nevada; brothers, Audie Moore and Willie Moore, both of Fort Wayne; sister-in-law, Sylvia Bright of Fort Wayne; best friend, Maggie “Lois” Hunter of Fort Wayne; god-sons, Chris Ford and Frederick Hunter both of Fort Wayne; god-daughter, Chasity O’Neal of Fort Wayne and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.