Lurene Lenear, an entrepreneur, died on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. She was 80.

Lenear was born on Oct. 24, 1939 in Danville, Virginia to the late Anna and Lucius Smith Sr. She was the sixth of eight children. Her close-knit siblings are Pauline, Lillie, Catherine, Lucius, Jr., Herbert, Annie and Clarence.

She obtained her elementary education in Danville and established memories from her elementary days that lasted a lifetime. She moved to Philadelphia in 1953 and received her high school education at the Overbrook High School. Lurene later attended continuing education courses at The Philadelphia Textile Institute.

She met and later married Robert Lenear in 1957. This union was blessed with two sons, Michael and Gregory, deceased, and a daughter Crystal, deceased. She was a proud grandmother and great grandmother.

She was employed by Good Lad Children’s Clothing and apparel. She advanced from a presser to a supervisor of the pressers and retired after working for over forty years. She was known for her strong work ethic. She was held in high regard by her employer for her performance and was entrusted with the responsibility to open the company each day for a number of years.

She was a faithful member of the Sharon Baptist Church for over thirty years. Her devotion to her church led her to work with the special peoples and senior ministries at Sharon Baptist Church. She also felt a tremendous love for her former church congregation at New Bethlehem Baptist Church.

With a strong gift of entrepreneurship, She operated her own children’s clothing and accessories store in Upper Darby and was sought out for her economical prices.

She was loyal to her family and friends. She demonstrated sowing generously into the lives of her family and friends. Over the years she extended herself to help a number of elderly widowed women by providing transportation, shopping for them or just being a supportive listening ear.

Her compassionate nature was evident and she expected nothing in return. In spite of her limited mobility since retirement, she acquired an interest in learning to knit and playing the piano.

She is survived by: her husband Robert, her son Michael (Sharon), siblings,

Pauline Inge, Herbert Smith, Annie Mackey (Johnnie), and Clarence Smith, grandchildren, Christiana (Godwill), Tracey and Gregory Jr., great-grandchildren, Lily, Chase, Rose, Austin, Jaycee, Joshua and Javion. She also leaves many other family members and friends who will sadly miss her.

Services will be held at Sharon Baptist Church, 3955 Conshohocken Ave. on Dec. 4. Viewing will be at 9 a.m. with service starting at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Rolling Green Memorial Park.

Wood Funeral handled all arrangements.

dbell@phillytrib.com (215) 893-5746

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