L. Darlene Smith, 87, of Fort Wayne, formerly of Eel River Twp., passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020, in Fort Wayne.\n\nBorn in Huntertown, on Nov. 17, 1932, to the late Howard and Jessie (Ott) Dice. She spent her formative years in Huntertown, graduating from Huntertown High School in 1950. She graduated from Parkview School of Nursing in 1954.\n\nDarlene was married to Max Smith in Allen County, on Nov. 27, 1954. The couple raised their family in Eel River TWP. Max preceded her in death on August 15, 2006.\n\nShe worked as a registered nurse supervisor at Byron Health Center in Fort Wayne. She also worked as a surgical nurse at Whitley County Hospital and at the office of Dr. Thomas Hamilton in Columbia City.\nDarlene was a lifetime member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.\nShe was a great caregiver. She enjoyed quilting, reading, her church and most especially her family. \n\nDarlene is survived by her children, Brad (Mary) Smith, Cynthia (Marty) Boros and Nila (Ken) Harman; her brother, T. Eldon (Barbara) Dice and sister-in-law Gorgean Dice; grandchildren, Michael McNall, Melissa (Andy) Engel, Catherine (Nick) Phelps, Jacob (Sydney) Harman and Jonathan (Ellie) Harman; great-grandchildren, Zane and Olivia McNall, Morgan and Madelyn Engel; step-grandchildren, Ryan (Vanessa) Boros and son Luke, Scott Boros and Nathan Boros.\n\nIn addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Talia Joy Smith; two brothers, Keith and Paul Dice; a sister, Martha Doster.\n\nServices will take place at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church on Friday, June 12, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., with visitation starting at 9:00 a.m.\n\nFamily will receive friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home on Thursday, June 11, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.\nAt the family's request, please follow COVID-19 social distancing protocol.\nBurial taking place at Eel River Cemetery, Allen County.\n\nIn Lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church or Heartland Hospice or Community Foundation of Noble County to Talia Joy Smith Scholarship.\n\nOnline note to the family at www.sheetsandchilds.com.