Nicole LeShae Smith-Jude, 47, passed away on June 17, 2021. She was born July 2, 1973, in South Bend, Indiana to the union of Deborah Hunt and Taffie Mallard.
Nicole was a resident of South Bend until she moved to Arlington, Texas. Nicole graduated from Washington High School. 'Birdie', as she was lovingly called loved caring for the elderly and helping people in need. She had been a CNA since 2006. Nicole was a member of the Dice Down biker crew. She had the type of personality that you just couldn’t help but love. Everywhere she went she was the life of the party. Once her son David moved to Arlington he became her go-to for any and everything. If you ever tried her mom, children, or grandchildren she was always on go.
Nicole leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Charles Jude; four daughters: Deborah White, DeAnna Blackmon, DaZha Blackmon, all of South Bend, Indiana and Precious Odynski of Arlington, Texas; three sons: David White, and Goliath Odynski both of Arlington, Texas and DeShawn White of Hinesville, Georgia; her mother, Deborah (LT) Hunt; her father, Taffie (Deborah) Mallard all of South Bend; three godsons: Fred Burton of Houston, Texas Davon Ford of Arlington, Texas and Ta’leo Halbert of South Bend, Indiana; four brothers: Tony Smith, Raymond Mallard both of South Bend, Indiana Richard (Greta) Mallard of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Randy (Tanya) Mallard of Dallas, Texas; four sisters: Dachel Smith of Granger, Indiana, Kimberly (William) Jones of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Shalanda Mallard of Joliet, Illinois and Rhonda Brown of Dallas, Texas. She also leaves to cherish her memory 17 grandchildren; a special uncle, Dennis (Gale) Williams; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She also leaves her precious baby her dog Money whom she loved very much.
Nicole was preceded in death by two grandchildren (whom she was traveling with) L’Oreal, and Zaida White; her son, Charles Odynski; her maternal grandparents James and Mary Williams; paternal grandparents Taffie J. and Frances Mallard; four uncles: Ronnie Williams, James Williams Jr., Larry Gordon, Donald Mallard, and Calvin Mallard; two aunts: Sharon Johnson and Linda Gordon; her nephew, Quinton Jones; and a cousin, Ronnie Dean Williams Jr.
Nicole had a heart of gold. She loved people and people loved her. Nicole ('Birdie') will be truly missed by many.
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