March 30, 1957 ~ May 12, 2020

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

Jean Marie Clouse Smith, 63, of Owensboro passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Twin Rivers Nursing & Rehabilitation. She was born in Owensboro on March 30, 1957 to Joseph W. Clouse and Dorothy Clark Clouse Tillborg. Jeannie was a homemaker. She also served in the United States Army for 5 years as a Field Wireman. Jeannie enjoyed her swing in the back yard and landscaping. She loved her cats and dogs, especially her dog, Lucy.

Jeannie is survived by her son, Steven Smith of Owensboro; her caregiver, Phillip Smith; her siblings, Millie Jessup of Bowling Green, Gracie Owen, Monica Agee, Dianna Martin, all of Louisville, William Clouse of Texas, and Victor Clouse, of Hardinsburg.

Private services will be held at a later date for the immediate family, with Father Mike Clark officiating. Burial to follow at St. Alphonsus Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Owensboro Humane Society; 3101 West 2nd Street; Owensboro, Kentucky 42301.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Smith. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Jean Marie Clouse Smith and sign her virtual guest book by going to

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  1. To my talented sister.
    I remember that you could pick up any instrument and could play it before the day was over. Jeannie loved to take pictures, make cards, write poems and songs. She loved all the little critters. She loved plants and gardening.
    No more suffering, no more pain, no more worries. Now you are free to spend time with Jesus. We love you very much.

  2. Lord of all power, I hurt. My body isn’t functioning as it needs to function. I am in pain. But you already know all that. I’m not coming to tell you what is wrong, but to ask you to do what is right and best for me, as it fits your plan. Now grant me the wisdom to understand your timing and the courage to accept your plan. In the name of Jesus. Amen

    I love you Jeannie,

    Your sister Deedee

  3. Jean,

    Your journey has now brought you home to God and the Heavenly banquet He has prepared for you.

    We thank you for the love and many talents you shared with everyone you encountered.

    Though, at times, your cross may have seemed too difficult to bear, you can now rest in the comfort of God’s great love and compassion.

    Peace be with you always Dear Sister.

    Love Will, Donna, and Sophia

  4. Millie, Gracie, Monica, Will, Victor and Diana,
    I am so sorry about the loss of your sister. I know during these trying times that it has to be hard on all of you. I have told my siblings about Jean Marie’s passing and they offer their condolences.

    I have thought a lot about Jean Marie these past few days. I didn’t see her much over the years but the few times I did we would spend a little time talking. I remember she always smiled while we talked.

    I hope to see you all at her funeral mass.

    Your cousin,
    Ann Hardesty’s daughter

    • I just reread the obit, the funeral mass is for immediate family only. Know that I will be praying and thinking of all of you in the days to come.

      • Thank you Theresa. Thank your siblings also. It is going to be strange having a funeral during this pandemic. We appreciate the thought and the prayers.

  5. Tony and I are so sorry to know that Jean Marie passed so suddenly. I have always loved how the seven of you always stand strongly together. Our prayers are with you and we love you so very much. Jeannie is at peace now.❤

    Aunt Jeannie and Uncle Tony

  6. I remember well when Jean Marie came into the world. I was 13 at the time I got the news of her birth. Within a matter of a few hours I had visited most of the citizens of our little town, Mosleyville on my bicycle, excitedly announcing her birth. Near the end of my route I blew a tire on my bike. None the less I continued to the end and wound up carrying my bike over a mile home. It is painful to me I can’t be there to tell her goodbye. My prayers will continue for Phillip and Steve, along with her brothers and sisters.

    Her artwork and photography while at Brescia always impressed me.

    • I have heard this story before. So beautiful. Jean Marie did have beauty inside of her that she tried to express thru her art. Thank you for the love and support. Millie

  7. I love you dearly and you will forever be my guardian angel. You will be missed my sweet angel.
    Love Shannon

  8. We are so sorry for your loss. I remember lots of fun times with Jeannie when we were young. She was always a very sweet girl. Love you all.

  9. I remember every single time I saw Jeannie she would smile, regardless of what was going on in her life she always asked how Mom and Dad were doing and how all my brothers and sisters were. I remember when Dad died she came to the funeral home and we got to talk for a while. She was a very sweet, authentic, and caring person. My prayers are with you all.
    Love, your cousin (Joe and Juanita Clark’s Daughter)
    Lisa Johnson

    • Thank You Elaine and Lisa. Yes Jean Marie always smiled and she did love family. He had a great time playing with you guys when we were little. We appreciate you remembering Jean Marie and we appreciate the prayers very much. Love Millie

  10. Millie, Gracie, Monica, Deedee, Will and Victor,

    My heart goes out to each of you at the news of losing Jeannie. I know my heart would be breaking if I lost one of my sisters. Jeannie was a year younger than me and I definitely remember many good times with her and your entire family when we were young. I have always felt a special closeness to your family since your parents were my godparents. I pray for your mother and father each day and am now adding Jeannie next to them in my prayers. And for each of you, I am wrapping my arms around you from afar and praying that “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).

    Much love from your cousin, Linda Clark Fentress P.S. Our mother, Juanita Clark was very saddened by the news and asked me to send her love to all of you. She is grateful we were able to be with you for your mother’s funeral and sorry the pandemic will prevent us from being together again. Please know that your extended family is with you in spirit on that day.

    • Beautiful Linda and thank you! I feel the same way about all of you. I too am praying that my family will find peace in our sisters passing, it is a bit more difficult because of this pandemic. I know that Aunt Juanita
      and the rest will be there in your hearts and with your prayers. Give her our love. Millie

  11. Our sympathy to Jeannie’s family. May her soul Rest In Peace.
    From the faith community at St. Stephen Cathedral.

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