Rita Regina Smith, 55, of Odessa passed away December 3, 2017 at William P. Clements University Hospital (Dallas). She was born January 5, 1962 in Odessa, Texas to her parents Hoover and Beulah Faye Jackson. Rita excelled academically graduating one year earlier from Ector High School. She was employed for nearly 20 years with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services where she worked as an Investigator, Trainer, Child Placement Coordinator, and finally as a Family Based Safety Services Supervisor for Child Protective Services. She retired on October 31, 2017 due to her beleaguering health. Despite it all… there was no shortage of accomplishments Rita Smith achieved during her rich and varied life. Rita was initially baptized at Carter’s Chapel CME. She then joined and was re-baptized along with her son Marquette Pierce at the Saint James Missionary Baptist Church after being saved and delivered from addiction. She was married on July 7, 1994, to Michael Dewayne Smith. They were married for twenty-three years sharing two sons: Eric R. Allen (Seattle) and Marquette J. Pierce (Midland). Rita Regina Smith attended U.T. Permian Basin University and Odessa Junior College graduating Summa Cumlaude and achieved repeatedly the A&B Honor Roll and the President’s List in her academic endeavors attaining both her Baccalaureate and Associates Degrees. She was a firm believer in child safety, and Rita worked tirelessly to ensure that every child including her own grandchildren remained safe from abuse and neglect. She truly loved her family and her grandkids attending every family reunion her health and schedule would allow staying up way past her bedtime to love on her myriad of relatives many whom likewise also refused to allow those shared time end. She served as the First Lady of the Mt. Bethel Baptist Church of Big Spring Texas where she was loved and supported until her demise. Her memory will be cherished and she will be sorely missed.
Rita is preceded in death by Hoover Jackson (father); Barbara A. McIntee (sister), and Michael D. Banks (Brother).
She is survived by Michael Smith (husband); Marquette J. Pierce (son), Beulah F. Jackson (mother); Jackie F. Williams and Patricia E. Banks (sisters). And a whole host of cousins, paternal/maternal relatives, nieces, nephews, cherished lifelong friends, and four special grandchildren: Josiah, Elisa, Brook-Lynn, and Brennon.
The Wake will be from 5:00-7:00 pm, Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be at 1:00 pm, Monday, December 11, 2017 at St. James Baptist Church with Reverend Ronald B. Van Dyke, officiant and Reverend Darren Patrick, eulogist. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. To send family condolences please sign her guestbook at www.sunsetodessa.com.
Rev. Smith you have our deepest sympathy. May God forever bless and take care of you.
Sam & Virginia Gipson Odessa, Tx
Virginia GipsonOdessa, TX
MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE FAMILY. I WORKED WITH RITA AT CPS FOR A LONG TIME, I WILL MISS HER, SHE WAS A FAVORITE PERSON OF MINE. GOD BLESS.
LYNNE WILLINGHAMODESSA, TX
I'm going to miss my friend. She always had a beautiful smile and an encouraging word for you. She excelled in all she put her hands and heart to.She truly loved God, her family, church, and friends.She had a never give up spirit and do all you can while you can attitude She was such an inspiration to me and countless others.I am praying that God will comfort and carry her family and loved ones thru this most difficult time.
Cynthia Garnett HallMidland, TX
Gina, my first cousin, your beautiful face, spirit and heart will truly be missed, but you will never be forgotten in our hearts. To my family, may God give you strength and understanding during this time. We are praying for you and we love you. Kim, Reggie & Raeya
Kim JacksonGarland, TX
Mrs. Rita Smith was such a lovely person to converse with and get to know she was a bright soul and will be missed . Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones. The Ray family, Wilmer Sue Dara & Gail
The Ray familyOdessa, TX
I remember Rita Regina Jackson, laughing,giggling, I remember, the piano, the flute, band.. I remember ... I will always remember you my childhood friend..
Velma Palmer-SeymoreHouston, TX
Your God daughter loves you! I thank God for knowing you this lifetime. Me and baby will truly miss you!!!!
Kendra ShayMesquite, TX
My condolences to the family. May you Rest In Peace Rita. She was a beautiful person inside & out.
Daphne CarrascoOdessa, TX
May you all find comfort knowing that your loved one is safe in the memory of God who will remember every detail about her and bring her back to life again in paradise.John5v28&29.
Mrs Oludeodessa, TX
To Rev. Smith and family I'm so sorry for your loss may God bless and keep you during this season. Love you all.
Gloria StevensonFort Worth, TX