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Ms. Melba Jean Smith

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“My deepest condolences to the family. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Margaret Teasley - waterbury, CT

“My condolence... Melbawe had our times we over came them and my heart goes out to your family. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: Rozzda Eggleston Allen - CT

“Rest in Peace Mother Grant you will be miss see you in the morning ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Beverly Norman - Birmingham, AL

“I am sorry in the loss of your love one ,Praying for your family. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Edna Montford Jenkins - Raleigh, NC

“Melba will truly be missed she always had a smile and a word of encouragement. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Nancy Vincent - Waterbury, CT


Ms. Melba Jean (Smith) Grant, 71, of Lakewood Road, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at St. Mary's Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Melba was born December 26, 1946 in Farmville, NC a daughter to the late Lester and Esther (Roberson) Smith Sr.

As a youngster she and her family relocated to New Haven, CT where she received her education in the New Haven public school system before relocating to Waterbury where she resided until her passing. Melba was a lifelong member of Refuge Church of Christ where her father, the late Bishop Dr. Lester Smith Sr. PHD, was the founder. She was a member of the Mothers Board, the Ushers Board, The Senior Choir, Refuge Ensemble Choir, Missionary Department, Evangelistic Outreach Committee and the Youth and Adult Choir. Every Thanksgiving she would prepare a meal and would feed the homeless. She dedicated herself to always helping the less fortunate. If she couldn't she always knew someone that would. Her cooking and baking was amazing. You could call her and put in a request and she would prepare it for you. Hats were Melba. Not only did she wear them, she made them. If it wasn't hats it was clothes, bags and glasses. She was a woman of God who spoke her mind no matter who you were.
To know her was to love her. Melba Jean will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one daughter, Laverne Smith of Waterbury, four sons; Jerry A. Grant, Jimmie P. Grant, Gino I. Grant, Troy L. Grant all of Waterbury, eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, three sisters; Ethel Betsy Lumpkin of North Haven, Betty Damon, Cynthia Smith of Waterbury, three brothers; Samuel Newton, Earl Smith, Kenneth "KennyRay" Smith all of Waterbury, four aunts; Pearl Roberson of Waterbury, Mary Lee Smith, Delores "Lois" (Smith) Joyner both of Winterville, NC and Rosa Lee Smith of Greenville, NC, several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and a host of friends. She was predeceased by two brothers; Lester Smith Jr., James Smith, two sisters; Dorothy (Smith) Holder and Deborah (Smith) Coleman.

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