Jeanie was born on October 11, 1941 in Springhill NS to Raynold and Gladys (O'Rourke) Melanson. Jeanie spent her childhood and teenage years growing up in Parrsboro NS. In February 1966 Jeanie married David Smith and they made their home in River Hebert NS, where they raised three daughters. Jeanie had a passion for helping others. As a Majorette teacher in River Hebert and neighbouring communities she focused more on self confidence , inclusion and equality, than on talent and ability. Jeanie was a business owner of Smith's General Store and Take Out from 1975 to 1985, she measured success not in profits and possessions, but in the opportunity to encourage, inspire and teach countless teenagers as a friend. Accomplishing much throughout her life as a board member, community volunteer and charity fundraiser. Jeanie was most proud of the instrumental role she played in organizing three successful Parrsboro School Reunions (1989, 1994 and 1999) and the longstanding record she held as a top individual fundraiser in the Run for the Cure. Jeanie passed away on September 3, 2010.