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Denise Marie Smith

June 18, 1963 — March 8, 2020

Denise Marie Smith, 56, of Indianapolis, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Community South Hospital after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Denise was born on June 18, 1963 in Indianapolis to Donald Alerding and Dorothy (Toney) Caldwell.

Having a green thumb, Denise was very active in her flower beds and vegetable garden. Her love for being outside was reflected through her love of hummingbirds and butterflies. Being a woman of faith, Denise was a member at Stone’s Crossing Church in Greenwood. Denise had a love for small children and spent many hours volunteering in the nursery at the church. Denise loved to watch her Indianapolis Colts play. She could often be found watching some of her favorite TV shows such as, When The Heart Calls, Heartland, and Blue Bloods. Denise will be remembered as a kind and loving woman who was highly devoted to her family.

Denise was preceded in death by her father, Donald Alerding.

Survivors include her husband, David H. Smith; her mother, Dorothy Caldwell; her children, Jacob Matthew Cooper and Jessica Marie Cooper; siblings, Doug, David, Danny, and Doyle Alerding, and Darlene Engle; grandchildren, Ava Rose Oliver, Nora Elaine Oliver, and another baby girl due to arrive in May.

A memorial service is being planned for Saturday, June 13, 2020 at a private location. Final care and cremation arrangements are entrusted to the O’Riley Funeral Home, 6107 South East Street, Indianapolis. In honor of Denise and in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Indiana Donor Network, Please visit to sign the guest registry.

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