Mary Ethel (Holbert) Smith, of Cedar Lawn near Hagerstown, Md., died Wednesday afternoon at NMS Healthcare. She had been diagnosed with an inoperable glioblastoma brain tumor on Nov. 6, 2010.
Born May 7, 1937, in Parkersburg, W.Va., she was the youngest daughter of the late P. Tell and Della D. (McClung) Holbert of Parkersburg and Clear Spring, Md.
Mary graduated from Clear Spring High School in 1955 and Hagerstown Medical Secretarial School.
Mary married her husband, Roger H. Smith, shortly before finishing HMSS. They had been married 54 years.
When their boys were both in school, she was employed by the Board of Education of Washington County, Md., as an aide. She worked at several schools before finally going to Marshall Street School, where she stayed for a majority of her time.
She worked with handicapped children in many capacities. When Mary retired after 35 years, she was considered a paraprofessional. Her main job at that time was transcribing papers, tests and books into Braille for all sight-impaired children of Washington County.
Mary was very active in her church. She was a member of the Consistory, helped to organize the several yearly yard sales and volunteered whenever she was needed.
Mary was a very active person. She made quilts at home and met with the Dry Run Quilters at St. Paul’s Church, Clear Spring, every Wednesday. She had many hobbies which included working in her yard, reading and other sewing activities.
Besides her husband Roger, Mary is survived by her two sons, Rodney W. Smith and wife, Kimberly, of Hagerstown, and Larry H. Smith and fiancee, Donna Jenkins, of La Plata, Md. Mary has three grandchildren, Sheldon Smith of Falls Church, Va., and Adele and Lane Smith, attending James Madison College in Harrisonburg, Va. She also has two sisters, Jean Bruchey and husband, Jack, of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Ruth Ann Stephens and husband, E. Edward, of Washington, W.Va.
A memorial service will be held at the Church of the Holy Trinity, United Church of Christ, 17805 Oak Ridge Drive, Hagerstown, Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Timothy Leighton will officiate. Burial will be private at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park in Hagerstown. A reception will follow the service at the church.
If you remember, Mary was very allergic to flowers indoors, so memorial donations may be made to the church above or the Clear Spring Volunteer Ambulance, (of which her father was a charter member) at P.O. Box 61, Clear Spring, MD 21722.
Online condolences are accepted at www.minnichfh.com.