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In Loving Memory of LaDonna Smith


LaDonna Smith Seventy years ago, LaDonna Yvette Smith was born October 7. 1952 in Little Rock, Arkansas to parents Earlen White and Adolph Smith. LaDonna grew up with five siblings; brothers, Larry, Quincy and Bernard and sisters Linda and LaQuita. LaDonna was the third child of Earlen. Growing up in Arkansas with five siblings, they had a good life and were not rich by any means. The family was filled with love, and which shows how LaDonna became the wonderful woman she was. When LaDonna was a teenager, the family moved from Little Rock, Arkansas to the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, Washington. LaDonna graduated from Franklin High School at 15 years old. Shortly after high school, she joined her cousin the Rev. Al Green was one of his backup singers and toured with him around the world for many years. She often recalls the good times she had traveling and attending award shows with him. LaDonna loved her kids and was a mother to Quincy Bonds and Enjole Shields. Although she only birthed two kids, she was “mom” to all her younger cousins (who called her auntie), nieces and nephews, she was just Mom. LaDonna loved her family, especially the children, she always created and captured memories and made sure the kids had everything they needed. One year, LaDonna arranged a vacation and took several of the kids to DisneyLand. LaDonna later married Dillard Henry and was married for many years. Although the marriage ended, they continued to be good friends up until his passing on October 1, 2019. LaDonna was best known for her family get-togethers. She loved to cook and have holiday dinners with all the family. Christmas was her favorite holiday, she always made sure everyone who came to dinner had a gift to open. She always went above and beyond with decorating and making sure everything was perfect for the family. LaDonna worked for over 15 years with the City of Seattle Parks Department and later had a successful career as a Customer Response Team Supervisor with the City of Shoreline where she retired. After retirement, she moved to Atlanta to be with her children and her only grandchild, Terrion Poole. Terrion was her light and she wanted to be the best “Nanna” any kid could ever ask for, he was her new best friend. LaDonna enjoyed playing Bid Whist with her senior club and as she did with planning family events, she helped plan the events for the senior club. Atlanta became her final home and she loved it here. On May 9, 2023, our beloved mother, LaDonna Yvette Smith answered the call and joined her mother, Earlen White, Adolph Smith (Father), Mama Dear (Grandmother), Linda (sister), LaQuita Scott (sister), Floragene Bell (Aunt), Fonsanette (Aunt), Faye Goodman (Aunt), Sean Evans (cousin), Dillard Henry, and Uncle Bubba. LaDonna Smith is survived by her son Quincy Bonds, daughter, Enjole’ Shields, grandson, Terrion Poole. Her brothers Larry Hawkins (Candy), Quincy Scott and Bernard Scott (Michelle). She is also survived by nephews Robert Williams, Derrell Hawkins, Larry Hawkins, Jr. DeWayne Marshall, Adrian Scott, Jr and Brandon Scott. Nieces, LaShae Hawkins. Friends who became family, Larry Shields, Dandrilla Gaines, Brian and Minu Stewart and a host of relatives and friends. We will all miss Ladonna Smith, she has touched our lives and we will NEVER forget the special and memorable times we had with her

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