Mrs. Smith was a registered nurse at City Hospital, St. Louis, MO, and at Triad High School, Troy, IL, for 16 years. She was a piano teacher and an organist at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Troy, IL. Mary was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Belleville, a member of the St. Ann’s Alter Society, and was a volunteer at Queen of Peace Catholic Grade School. A volunteer with Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, Mary also volunteered at Memorial Hospital in Belleville.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Richard, C. Smith Sr., whom she married on October 25, 1947 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, St. Louis, MO, and who died on January 1, 2016; a daughter, Margaret Gillespie; her parents, Frank and Eleanor, nee Rapp, Fleischer; and two brothers-in-law, Louis Mitas and Thomas Smith.
Surviving are one son, Richard C. (Sherry) Smith Jr. of Troy, IL;
four daughters, Patrice (Robert) Schneider of Brighton, IL, Catherine (Dennis) Frank of Sorento, IL, Rebecca (Christopher) Cueto of Boulder, CO, and Maria (Jeffery) Wendler of St. Jacob, IL;
13 grandchildren, Joshua, Nicholas, Laura, Luke, Jennie, Jacob, Andrea, Neil, Ben, Ted, Carrie, Emma and Sarah;
17 great-grandchildren with one on the way;
a son-in-law, Paul Gillespie of Scottsdale, AZ,a sister, Ruth (Carl) Schmidt of California;
one brother-in-law, Charles (Betty) Smith of St. Charles, MO;
two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Mitas of Mebane, NC, and Nancy (Dennis) Dubach of Highland, IL;
and nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, October 16, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, October 16, 2017, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Matt Elie officiating. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.