Mary Louise Smith

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Graveside services for Mary Louise Smith, of Ridgeland, are 4p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at Rose Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Cecil Joneswill officiate.

Visitation is Tuesday from 1 until 3:30 p.m. at BrookhavenFuneral Home on North Jackson Street.

She began her life in heaven on the evening of March 21, 2009after an extended illness at the Arbor of Pear Orchard RetirementHome in Ridgeland. The only daughter of Colon G. Farmer and MattieNell Farmer, of Crystal Springs, was born on Aug. 18, 1921.

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Mrs. Smith was a graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Junior College andattended Draughon’s Business College in Jackson. She worked brieflywith the State Tax Commission and later the rationing board duringWorld War II. The remainder of her life was dedicated to family andfriends. She was a longtime member of the First United MethodistChurch in Brookhaven. Mrs. Smith truly walked with the Lord inevery aspect of her life. She was a constant inspiration to bothfamily and friends. She would bake homemade bread and deliver freshbread along with written words of encouragement to those in need.She will be missed by all who had the opportunity to feel hergenuine love and sincerity; especially by her family.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband of 46years, Harold K. Smith Sr.; and son, Richard Brian Smith.

Survivors are her sons, Harold K. Smith Jr. and wife, Iris, ofHattiesburg, and William C. Smith, of Ridgeland; a grandson,Jonathan Smith and wife, Jennifer, of Mobile, Ala.; her threegranddaughters, Jennifer Nixon and husband, Darrin, of Mobile, AbbyPeterson and husband, Todd, of Madison, and Amy L. Smith, ofRidgeland; her four great-grandchildren, Dustin and Emily Nixon, ofMobile, and Lane and Presleigh Peterson, of Madison.

Pallbearers are Pope Kelly, Ed Brumfield, Bill Sones, MarkLewis, Jonathan Smith and Todd Peterson.