Connie Jean (Riley) Smith, 66, of New Whiteland, died Wednesday, March 9, 2017, at her home. After courageously fighting cancer, for the past 7 months, Connie finally lost her battle. She was born to William Woodrow and Betty Jean (Neptune) Riley on August 12, 1950, in Columbus, IN. Connie was a 1968 graduate of Hauser Jr./Sr. High School. She remained in Hartsville, IN. until marrying Richard Grant Smith, on June 3, 1972, and moving to Columbus, IN. It was there that Rick and Connie raised their family.
She was a former employee of Cummins Engine Company. Connie was a member of Our Lady of The Greenwood Roman Catholic Church as well as GRRACE (Golden Retriever Rescue and Community Education). Connie enjoyed relaxing stays, at West Baden, with Rick and their golden retriever, Katie. She was an avid reader and enjoyed working crossword puzzles, and spent much of her time telling anyone who would listen, about her grandchildren, Jack Ethan and Emma Grace Smith.
Connie is survived by her husband, Rick Smith of New Whiteland, two sons, William Ryan (Jennifer) Smith of Lafayette and Aaron (Dianne) Smith of Indianapolis, and two grandchildren, Jack and Emma Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Betty Riley.
The family will be hosting a calling from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017, with a service immediately following from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm. at the Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel located at 729 N. U.S. Hwy 31 in Whiteland, IN 46184.
Memorial donations may be made, in Connie’s honor, to Community Home Health Care: Hospice; payable to: Community Health Network Foundation, 7240 Shadeland Station, Suite 125 Indianapolis, IN. 46256 and or GRRACE, P.O. Box 513, Plainfield, IN 47168.