Ossie Smith, 93, of Meriden, passed away peacefully on September 25, 2017. Born in Cuthbert, GA on July 24, 1924 to the late Robert and Viola Shelton Rogers. She was predeceased by her husband Brady Smith. Ossie was the first black female crossing guard in Meriden, in 1962 at Mt. Carmel School. She had worked as an inspector at New Departure and later as a nurse’s aide on private duty. Ossie was a member of the Eastern Star Service-Chapter #9 in New Britain, the Elks-Anna Wamsley Chapter, and Parker Memorial for over 50 years. Parker A.M.E. Memorial Zion Church was a big part of Ossie's life. She was President of the Deaconess Board, part of the Pastor’s Aid Society, Willing Workers, and a missionary of the church. Ossie is survived by her sister Louise Banks of Orlando, FL; and a host of godchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by her siblings, Henry Rogers, Emma Jackson, Eva Johnson, and Tinnie Bivins. Friends are invited to visit with her family on Saturday, September 30 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Parker A.M.E. Zion, 1280 N. Broad St., Meriden, CT. Her Homegoing Service will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the church, followed by a burial in Walnut Grove Cemetery. BEECHER & BENNETT-FLATOW FUNERAL HOME, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden in care of arrangements.

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  1. Louise, my prayers go out to you. Grannie touched so many hearts in her lifetime. In my heart she was my Grannie! Just know that you are not alone in your grief. God will get you through this pain. We’re praying for you.

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