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Nitika Smith

July 16, 2006 ~ March 29, 2023 (age 16) 16 Years Old


Nitika “Tika” Tehya Cheyenne Smith, age 16, of LaGrange, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.  She was born on July 16, 2006, in LaGrange, IN to Richard David Smith III and Brittney Nichole (Collins) Smith.  She was currently a Junior at Prairie Heights High School in rural LaGrange, IN.  Nitika was a cheerleader and active in the theatre program at Prairie Heights.  Tika currently was employed at Dairy Queen in Kendallville, IN.  She was outgoing and lit every room her presence graced.  She was a soft ball player and previously belonged to the Orland Tigers Youth League.  Her boyfriend was her world, and she truly cherished every precious second she spent with him.   She was extremely family oriented.  One could say she was her “Pappaw’s" baby girl and her cousins truly looked up to her as a role model.  She loved to wrestle with her dad and was known to find a thrill in pushing her mom’s buttons.  Nitika was a beautiful soul who loved her family, friends, and boyfriend.  She will be truly missed by all of those who’s lives’ she touched during her lifetime.

Survivors include:
Parents, Richard and Brittney Smith of LaGrange.
Grandparents, Willie and Virginia Collins of Waterloo.
Nana, Sandra Collins of Wolcottville.
Papa, Chip Wagner of Orland.
Grandma, Carrie Smith of Fremont.
Great-grandma, Rilla Smith of Fort Wayne.
Siblings: Marie Sessford, Kailee Wooster, Abigale Smith, Kayden Smith, and Lauren Smith.
Boyfriend, Hayden Pelletier of Fremont.
Boyfriend’s family: Matthew Pelletier Sr., Evander Pelletier, and Matthew Pelletier Jr.
Many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Nitika was preceded in death by grandpa, Richard David Smith Jr., Mammaw, Vonda Collins, and Great-grandpa, Richard David Smith Sr.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 from 4:00pm-8:00pm at Hite Funeral Home, 403 South Main Street, Kendallville.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 11:00am at Hite Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Burial will take place following the service at Woodruff Cemetery.

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Funeral Service
April 6, 2023

11:00 AM
Hite Funeral Home
403 South Main Street
Kendallville, Indiana 46755


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