In Memory of Jeanette Suzanne Smith 1946 – 2021


Jeanette Suzanne Smith   1946 – 2021

It is with great sadness we announce the tragic and sudden death of Jeanette after a short illness. Jeanette will be remembered in the village for her commitment to the St.Giles Church Wildlife Churchyard Project which received the Bishops ‘gold’ distinction amongst many other projects she was involved in.

Her Partner Robert would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and staff at Poole Hospital. He would also like to thank the community for the support and many cards he has received.

The Funeral Service will take place at St.Giles Church in Chideock on Monday 24th May  at 2.00pm, with the burial in Chideock Cemetery afterwards. The Church service will be by invitation only to abide by the current covid rules but everyone is invited to line the route from the church to the churchyard to follow the hearse after the service.  This will be approximately 2-30pm.  Anyone wishing to attend the burial in the graveyard is welcome. 

 Donations to RNLI with cheques made payable to Royal National Lifeboat Institution (Or RNLI) West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HZ or by phone 03003009920. Please mention “IN MEMORY OF JEANETTE”, supporter No: 31755573 or the Cats Protection by phone 08000353192, in memory of Jeanette, a lifelong supporter.

 Some of the tributes to Jeanette are below:

“I shall remember Jeanette for the very kind heart she had, and the many things she did for the village, and for others”.   Diana Lethbridge.

“A life well lived, relationships nurtured and hearts touched”.  Anna & George Dunn.

“We will miss Jeanette’s smiling face and tales of what our cat Crunchie has been up to”.  Jason, Sharon & William Vaughan.

“Jeanette was well known in the village and was so knowledgeable about gardens. She will be sadly missed”.  Hilary Baker.

“I will miss Jeanette’s cheerful chatter on the bus. She had such a caring nature. She will be greatly missed.”  Ann Walker.

“Jeanette was always so warm, caring and friendly. She will always be warmly remembered”. Vanessa & Chris.

“Jeanette will be remembered by very many people, especially for her commitment to the Churchyard”.   Chris & Sue Walliker.

“Jeanette was such a friendly person and gave so much to the village. She worked very hard in the Churchyard and elsewhere and was always ready for a chat when we met. She will be greatly missed”.  Judy Campbell.

“Jeanette was a very caring, special person who did so much for others and for the village. It has come as quite a shock and she will be greatly missed by us all”. Jean Jones

“Jeanette was such a lovely person and will be missed by many people”.  Sue Langdon.

“Jeanette was such a friendly person and so active. She will be sorely missed in her role of being in charge of the Churchyard and Wildlife Area, her knowledge and experience was so great”.   Val & Peter Hunt.

“It was not so long ago when Jennifer saw Jeanette; invariably when she caught the bus back to Chideock. Of course, we have fond memories of Jeanette when events have taken place in the Village Hall – Whist Nights and Church meals”. Jennifer and David Tett.

“Jeanette – chatty, friendly with the biggest heart and widest smile” Lyn Crisp & Dave Dallas

“Jeanette was a lovely kind woman and a great knitter! ‘Her jumpers live on’. Damaris, Colin, Keturah and Albert.

“It is hard to understand how someone so full of life as Jeanette always seemed to possess is no longer with us. We will miss Jeanette’s cheerful, friendly, loving approach”. Ali & Avril Cameron.

“Jeanette will be remembered as the kind, friendly, helpful person that she was – always smiling and living life to the full – and always keeping in touch!”. Linda, Derek and the Seston Family.

“We will miss Jeanette around Bridport, she was always positive and bright, and thinking of others before herself. We often stopped for a chat when Jeanette made her ‘bi-weekly’ pilgrimage into Bridport. She was known by many of the local stall holders, who will be sorry to hear of her passing – the Flower Stall will certainly notice the fall in profit!” Beverley and David Young.

“Jeanette was a lovely lady”. Colin, Linda, Zaylie and Jonathon Lincoln.

“Rob, – Jeanette will always be with you but will walk inside you, instead of by your side. She was so thoughtful of others”. Lesley Short.

 “I shall miss my Tuesday afternoons with Jeanette when we tried to put the world to rights. She was such a kind soul and will be greatly missed by all the village”. Maureen Etheridge.

What a lovely photo of Jeanette, she was always smiling, she had such a big heart +loved her animals. Very talented too with her knitting. She will be greatly missed, a very sad time for her family, my condolences. Caroline Allaway

Terry and I are so very sorry to hear the news about Jeanette. We first met at school, aged 11 and she was in Terry’s class. She was my best friend and we went to Switzerland on a School Journey. She came away on holiday with my family and we shared a lot of happy times together. Then, she was my bridesmaid, I can still hear her voice in my head and although had not seen her for some while, enjoyed talking to her over the phone. Pam & Terry Sucksmith

“Jeanette was a great support to Robert. We send our condolences to him and also to the many friends in Chideock, who have appreciated her great concern for environmental issues and her practical effort in the churchyard.”  Howard & Lorraine Thomas.

 Jeanette’s photos look just as I remember her. We were good friends close back in the 1970’s/80’s era, although we did keep on touch after her move to Dorset with Rob. Brenda Woolfenden

“One of Jeanette’s legacies will be the hard work and dedication she put in to the St.Giles Churchyard. We remember only too well how thrilled she was receiving the ‘Gold Award’ after two years of ‘Silver’. This was a remarkable achievement and thoroughly deserved. Jeanette had also been pleased to be involved in the church flower arranging, and we will always remember her unusual themes and one in particular being the scarecrows. Jeanette loved the village. We would often walk home with her after the many village quizzes and she also loved having a stall at the village fetes and craft fairs. We often chatted about her work at the Day Centres. She was so enthusiastic about this and at one stage she spoke with affection about one of our Aunties who used to attend the centre. It will seem so strange not seeing Jeanette around the village – she will be missed by so many”.  Duncan & Philippa Salter.


Those we love don’t go away

They walk beside us everyday

Unseen. unheard but always near

Still loved, still missed and very dear.