West Hartland CT- Jeannette J. Smith 93 of Riverton Rd took her last ride into the sunset peacefully on March 1, 2019 at the Geer Nursing Facility surrounded by her family. Born October 16, 1925 in Windsor CT, she was the daughter of the late Hans H Jessen and Ruby (Harris) Jessen. Jeannette met Lloyd at a church dance, they both loved to dance, while he was stationed at Bradley Field during WWII. He was from Oklahoma and where all of his family still resides. She married Lloyd Smith on October 19, 1946 in Winsor living there until 1965 and resided in West Hartland for a number of years. He passed away March 3,1994. Jeannette was the treasure of the Duralite Inc, 15 School Street, Riverton CT for many years. A company owned and operated by her family brother Elliot and husband Lloyd. The company was started by her father Hans H. Jessen for manufacturing of electrical heating elements and is still owned by the family. Jeannette enjoyed riding and training horses. She also had a 4-H group for many years passing along her talent as a trainer. Her home was always open to anyone who wanted to ride. Survivors are one son Dale Smith (Linda). Two granddaughters Nicole Smith and Kristin Smith. One brother Elliot Jessen (Carol) and a step sister Jane Tuttle from Charlotte NC. Many cousins and two nephews. We would like to thank Geer Nursing Facility in Canaan CT for the wonderful care they gave in her last days. The family suggests memorials take the form of donations to the Riverton Fire Department 3 Riverton Rd, Riverton CT or The First Congregational Church 9 Robertsville Rd Riverton CT 06065 or a foundation of your choice. A memorial service and ride will be held on June 22, 2019 arranged by the Granby Horse Council of Granby CT at the residence of Dale Smith.
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