Mary Ann W. Smith: June 18, 2018

Published 4:47 pm Monday, June 18, 2018

MACON — Mrs. Smith was born on Oct. 19, 1926, in Columbus, Ga., and passed away June 18, 2018. in Macon, Ga., the youngest of five daughters of the late Knowles Dee White and Helen Waters White. The family moved to Atlanta during her early years. Mrs. Smith graduated from the former North Fulton High School and received an early childhood development degree from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. She taught kindergarten at Samuel Inman Grammar School in Atlanta, Ga., before her marriage and move to Americus, Ga. Mrs. Smith lived in Americus for 35 years before moving to Forsyth, Ga., in 1983. After the death of her husband in 2001, she moved to Carlyle Place in Macon. She continued to enjoy flower gardening and visits from her family. The family appreciates the love and kindness shown by friends, staff, and caregivers at Carlyle Place and Pine Pointe Hospice.

A former Girl Scout leader and PTA president, Mrs. Smith was the first president of the Green Thumb Garden Club in Americus, honorary member of the Junior Service League, owner of Play School Nursery, member of the Council of Safety Chapter/DAR, Forsyth United Methodist Church, past UMW circle leader, and the Forsyth Book Club.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Herschel Atticus Smith Jr., and her sisters Dorothy Ramsey of Macon, Betty Driver Kistler of Signal Mountain, Tenn.., and Frances Young of Atlanta. Surviving are her children, Kay Dee and David Green of Macon, Cdr. Herschel Smith III, USN ret. and Pam Smith of Americus, Judge R. Rucker Smith of Americus, and Lee Smith and Dr. Deena H. Smith of Forsyth. Moppy’s grandchildren include Caroline Mousset (Cédric) of Washington, D.C., David Green Jr. of Macon, Laura Schomisch (Nick), Greer, S.C., Capt. Herschel Smith IV, USAF (Missy), Annapolis, Md., Cole Smith (Johanna), Atlanta, Charlotte Smith, Atlanta, Madison Smith, Savannah, James Wilder Smith, Atlanta, Mason Smith, Albany, and great-grandchildren Alexandre Mousset, Morgan Smith, Atticus Smith, Decio Smith, and Katie Schomisch. Surviving also is her sister Jeane DuBose of Atlanta and 10 nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 22 at Oak Grove Cemetery in Americus. Family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 at the Monroe County Memorial Chapel in Forsyth. Memorials may be made in her memory to the Dr. Herschel A. Smith Nursing Scholarship at Georgia Southwestern State University, 800 GSW State University Drive, Americus GA 31709; The Methodist Home for Children and Youth, P.O. Box 2525, Macon GA 31203, or the donor’s favorite charity.

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Monroe County Memorial Chapel has charge of arrangements.