Jennifer Shonné Smith, 1973–2017

Jennifer Shonné Smith, 1973–2017

Our beloved Jennifer Shonné Smith went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 5, 2017, in Bakersfield. She was 44 years old. Jennifer was born in Ventura on July 17, 1973.

She is survived by her son, Justin DiVanté Washington; her mom and dad, Lynn and Larry Smith; brother, Jamie Wolfe, niece Sierra and nephew Michael of OK; and brother, Brock Smith and his wife Gretchen, and niece Kyra of Ventura; her aunt, Joyce Hand; Uncle David and Aunt Linda; Janelle and family; Mandy and family; and Nikki and family. She was preceded in death by her Grandma and Grandpa Vork, and Grandma and Grandpa Smith.

Jennifer loved strawberry shortcake, horses, American history, her dog, Scarlett Jean, and cat, Sissy. Bear Valley Springs was the place where she planted roots, she worked, and enjoyed life immensely. She found great pleasure in caring for the cats, dogs and horses of friends in the community, as well as her job as payroll administrator for the past nine years for the Bear Valley Springs Association. Jennifer was tremendously proud of her son, Justin, for achieving his lifelong dream to become a fireman, which he did on Aug. 3, 2017.

Wood Family Funeral Service has been entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit

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