Delores Veronica Jones-Smith was born on January 17, 1934, in Washington, DC at Freeman's Hospital. She was the only child born to the late James and Lucy Jones.
Delores departed this life in the early morning of Thursday, April 6, 2023.
Delores was educated in the DC Public Schools and graduated from Cardoza High School in 1952. She continued her education at Minor Teachers College until June of 1954.
Delores' Christian beliefs were nurtured at the Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church located in the Northeast side of Washington, DC. It was at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church that she met and was joined in marriage to her late husband, Bernard W. Smith on October 11, 1958. From this union Delores became the beloved mother of Juan Derrick, Don and the late Reynaldo Sr. and Kevin Smith. After becoming a mother, she decided to leave her position in the government to become a full-time stay-at-home mom to her children.
Delores will always be remembered for her kind heart and the loyalty she showed to her sons. She will also be remembered for playing solitaire (and other card games), knitting and crocheting. Delores was a very sociable person, who loved being around her family celebrating all occasions, whether it was a holiday or not, she was ready for a cookout. Ready to just spread her love and to help in any way that she could.
Delores is survived by her sons, Juan Derrick and Don Smith; one daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Smith; three grandsons, Reynaldo Jr., Jonathan and Jason Smith; one step-grandson Aaron LaGrange; six granddaughter's, Donna, Reynita, Jenelle, Reynice, Esha' Smith and Tiffany Barbett; one sister-in-law, Esther Smith; and one close cousin, Kay Warden. In addition, she is survived by her grandchildren's mothers Gigi, Patsy and JeNeen Smith (ex-daughters-in-law).
Although our hearts are saddened, we thank God for Delores V. Jones-Smith's life; for the experiences that endeared her to us, for the mother's love which sustained her children, for her many acts of kindness.
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