Jeanette Smith

Jeanette Smith ( )

Jeanette M. Smith, a retired housekeeper who was active in Republican politics, died May 2 at FutureCare Old Court senior living facility in Randallstown. She was 94.

"We are waiting for the results of an autopsy for the cause of death," said a grandson, Thomas R. Jones II of Baltimore.

The former Jeanette Marion Ray was born and raised in Catonsville and was a 1937 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School.

That year, she married Alexander Smith, a jukebox repairman, who died in 1983.

Mrs. Smith worked for more than 20 years as a housekeeper before retiring in 1994.

The longtime Rogers Avenue resident was active in her Northwest Baltimore community, family members said.

She had been president of the PTA at Banneker Junior High School, a member of the Elks, and a founding member of the American Legion auxiliary in Catonsville.

An avid fan of politics, Mrs. Smith worked at polling places during local, state and national elections. She was interested in supporting candidates who would work hard to improve the quality of life for African-Americans and society as a whole, family members said.

Mrs. Smith also enjoyed Christmas and entertaining family and friends. She liked reading and crossword puzzles.

She was a longtime active member of Grace African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she had been a member of the senior usher board.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at her church, 67 Winters Lane, Catonsville.

Mrs. Smith is survived by two sons, Quintin Smith of Baltimore and Larry Smith of Owings Mills; two daughters, Deniece Baylor and Brenda Smith Jones, both of Baltimore; a brother, Joseph King of Houston; a sister, Elizabeth Snell of Columbia; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com