Laurie C. Smith-Greene

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April 4, 2015

April 4, 2015

On April 4, 2015, Laurie Christine Smith-Greene answered the voice of the Lord that was calling her to come home and rest from her labor. Born on January 25, 1965 in Providence, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Florinell M. Smith and Reverend Carlton R. Smith. In March, 1988, Laurie joined the United States Navy where she served as a Mess Specialist in San Diego, California. During her time of service she was promoted to Computer Analyst at the Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Maine, before she was honorably discharged in April 1992.Laurie attended Saint Xavier High School in Providence, Rhode Island, and earned an Associate’s degree in Fine Arts from the Community College of Rhode Island and an Associate’s degree from Bristol Community College in General Studies. Later, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in African-American Studies and Women Studies, from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. In 2012, Laurie began working toward obtaining a Master’s degree in Education from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. Her thesis, entitled “The Impact of Homelessness on Elementary School-Age Children,” examined the perception of homeless children in an academic environment and the negative effects of homelessness, which influences a child’s performance, social relationships and self-confidence.  In 1992, Laurie began her career in the human service field as a teacher’s assistant at the Latham Residential School in Brewster, Massachusetts. As a teacher assistant, she worked with mentally and emotionally challenged girls in an individual and classroom setting. In her role, she was responsible for teaching girls the fundamentals of hygiene and domestic duties, in addition to the school’s curriculum, which included coursework in English, Reading and Math. In 2003, Laurie extended her career objectives to include family services. She worked as a support care staff for a Community Care Program in Fall River, Massachusetts and in 2005 she joined Community Living of Rhode Island as a direct care staff, helping mentally and emotional challenged adults lead independent lives. Additionally, she also worked for Rhode Island Mentor as a clinical coordinator, where she provided case management to children in foster homes.Though born and raised in the church, Laurie accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior shortly after receiving a kidney transplant in 1999. She often reminded people of how she was a walking miracle because God blessed her with a functioning kidney that lasted for nearly 16 years.Sister Laurie had a giving heart and a vibrant personality. Without hesitation, she would give a person in need the shirt off of her back, while effortlessly putting a smile on their face. It would not take long for her spirit of laugher to take over after she readily cracked a joke or broke out into a silly dance that would almost always lead her to a hysterical roar. Even when she was on dialysis or receiving treatment at the Cancer Center, her jovial character would cause nurses, doctors and patients alike to embrace the joy she was willing to share.She was a member of New Faith Global Ministry Church in Providence, Rhode Island and attained the positions of a senior officer and sexton of the church. In addition, she was also a member of the praise team, where she led two of her favorite worship songs, “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin and “I Give Myself Away” by William McDowell. Sister Laurie Christine Smith-Greene leaves to cherish her memories, daughter Mercedes F.D. Smith, Salisbury, NC; father Rev. Carlton R. Smith, step mother Roberta F. Smith, Fayetteville, NC; identical twin sister Lauren D. Smith, Providence, RI; sisters Victoria R. Smith-Dozier, Rock Hill, SC; LaVerne B. Smith-Creighton, Rock Hill, SC; Sabrina Clark, Providence, RI; brother Victor R. Smith, Stoughton, MA; and her niece Laurenmaria F.V. Smith, Providence, RI. Sister Laurie also leaves to cherish a host of aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and other family members. Her funeral service  will be held on Friday at 10:00 AM in the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. Burial with Military Honors will be held in RI Veterans Cemetery, 301 County Trail, Exeter. Calling Hours will be held on Thursday from 4-7 PM.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, Ma 01701.