- About Us
- About Us
"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Carolyn Elizabeth Smith, the only child of the late Robert Garrett, Jr and Ruth
Dolores Brown-Garrett was born on May 20, 1942 at 8:45am in Baltimore, Maryland.
Carolyn loved the Lord and her church Ebenezer AME, she was a faithful member
who enjoyed attending Sunday school and participating in church activities.
Carolyn's grandparents played a pivotal role in shaping her life. Her paternal
grandparents Ma Weise and Granddad and her maternal grandparents Momma
Grace and Granddaddy were very active and nurtured her thirst for knowledge and
her love for reading by taking her to New York and local cultural events in
Growing up, she loved Ma Weise's cakes and pies, she would spend time in the
kitchen studying and perfecting Ma Weise's recipes and her pies and cakes were
just as delicious. All of her grandparents doted on their granddaughter Carolyn, so
much so that when Ma Weise found out Carolyn went to a neighbor's house to
watch television she went out and purchased Carolyn her own television a few days
later. Carolyn always talked about how she would pretend to be sick to get out of
her chores on Saturday and in an effort to get out of Sunday school, not realizing it
would cancel all of her weekend fun activities as well. There were so many life
lessons and life experiences that molded Carolyn into the dynamic woman we all
knew and loved.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own
understanding, in all ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path."
Carolyn was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System. As a child,
Carolyn excelled in her studies. She was very outgoing, vibrant and was recognized
as scholar. She was chosen by the Principal to give the dedication speech at the
opening of School 162 in Baltimore City. As a teenager, after school she answered
the phones and took messages at the family's business Isaiah L. Brown and Sons
Funeral Home which is currently known as Joseph H. Brown Jr. Funeral Home.
In the late 1950s she met, fell in love and married William Isaac Smith. In the early
1960s, from their union, they were blessed with four beautiful children, whom she
loved unconditionally Robert "Bobby", Diedre "Dee Dee", her beloved son Roderick
"Roddy" preceded her in transition and Dannine "Nina". She enjoyed spending time
with her children and taking family trips. Every outing was an adventure and she
made sure that her children traveled and had the same, if not more experiences, as
she did. The many memories that were made will live in her children's heart
forever. She was an outstanding mom, definitely one of a kind and gave lots of love
and affection. She had a special bond with each one of her children and they all
had something special they did with and for her and they all thought they were her
favorite. Carolyn loved planning family trips and hosting family celebrations.!lol
"Do not worry about anything; instead Pray about everything."
Carolyn always wanted more children and enjoyed having a family so much that
she was overly ecstatic when she became a grandmother. She was so excited when
her grandchildren were born. Quiana "Wild Sweet Love", Telly, Skylar, Clacia,
Aaron, Cory, Justin and Kamar were spoiled rotten. She made sure she spent as
much time with them as she could and planned many outings for them,
Carolyn loved being a grandmother so much that she retired from work to stay
home with them. She prepared all of their favorite foods and snacks, she helped
them with school projects and also attended school field trips. Carolyn was her
happiest when she was with her family.
Not only was Carolyn an awesome mother and grandmother, she was the best great
grandmother anyone could ask for. When her great grandchildren were born her
love was magnified and multiplied, Quiandre Roderick "Dre", Quiliyah "Livah
Liyah" Iha'Niyah, Zo and Mace. She just burst with pride when she talked about
them, you could feel the love in her words!
Carolyn was very family oriented and loved having her children, grandchildren and
great grandchildren around her as much as possible. When she wasn't able to see
them she made sure to give them all a call to check up on everyone. She ended
every call with "So long for now", never bye because, to her, bye was forever. She
remembered everyone's birthdays and always remembered to send birthday cards.
She made sure she was at every event with her camera ready!
"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no
evil" Psalm 23:4
Carolyn looked forward to attending church service at Ebenezer on Sunday and
reading scriptures. Her unwavering faith and love for God showed in her everyday
actions. Carolyn was very welcoming and generous to all and greeted everyone
with a smile and a snack. She treated everyone the same, even stopping to give the
homeless water and snacks on her way down the road, to where we call "the
Carolyn had a lovely spirit and great energy, all who met will never forget her
smile and infectious personality. She treated everyone with dignity and respect she
was a memory maker. When you met Carolyn you may have met her as a stranger
but, no matter what, you left as family.
Carolyn was dedicated to her mother Lois and they were inseparable, they were
best friends and more like sisters her joy was spending time with and caring for
her. Her love of reading, travel, and cruises fed her love for knowledge, adventure
and new experiences. She lived her life in color and enjoyed the beauty of nature's
butterflies which represented symbols of endurance, change, hope and life. The
color red was her son Roddy's favorite color and the Cardinal, her favorite bird
reminded her of him. Every time she looked out her window and saw the
neighborhood Cardinal it gave her strength, peace and joy. Carolyn was a
fashionista, loved bright colors and loved taking and being in pictures. Oh, how
she loved to dance! She would dance to any beat. You were sure to catch her on the
floor at every event, we like to joke about how she took over every family
celebration and mos-t recently her great granddaughter's Sweet 16 party.
To have known her is without a doubt, to love her! Her mother Ruth "Lois",
husband William "Billy", son Bobby (Faye), daughter Dee Dee (Stevie), daughter
Dannine, grandchildren Quiana (Glenton), Telly (Mitra), Skylar, Clacia, Aaron, Cory,
Justin, Kamar, great grandchildren Ore, Liyah, Jha'Niyah, Zo and Mace, along with
her sister in love, uncle, aunt, cousins, friends and anyone she has come in contact
with, she was nothing short of Amazing! She extended a helping hand to anyone in
need in any way she could. If she could do it, she was there, no doubt about it. Her
love and energy has spread through her children, grandchildren and great