Mary Smith passed away on Jan. 27 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno. Mary was born in Tishomingo, Okla. on August 4, 1921 to Sigmon and Mable Grall Stone. She was raised in McAlester, Okla. where she met her husband, John W. Smith. They were married on Sept. 20, 1939 in Gowen, Okla. but lived in McAlester until 1949.
In May of 1949, they moved to Babbitt, Nev. with their two daughters where they remained until 1962 when they bought a home in Hawthorne. John went to work at the base not too long after they arrived and Mary went to work at the base in 1950. She worked the assembly line for many years, transferred to the tool room and then to stock records where she remained until 1973 when she and John both retired. They did some traveling but mainly remained in Hawthorne spending a lot of time with their grandchildren, fishing at Walker Lake and camping at Virginia Lakes until John passed away in March 1992 after 52 ½ years of marriage.
Their oldest daughter Judy recently passed away in October 2018. Mary was also preceded in death by both of her parents; four brothers; one sister and a number of nieces and a nephew.
Mary remained in Hawthorne until November 2017 when she moved to Sparks to be closer to her daughter. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Seevers; granddaughters: Kristin Seevers Iler (Gilbert, Ariz.), Staci Seevers Smith (Reno), Tricia Seevers Angell (Fort Worth, Texas), Patty Bailey Christy and Jennifer Butler Burke (Mesa, Ariz.); grandsons: John Bailey and Jimmy Joe Butler (Spokane, Wash.); seventeen great grandchildren and a great great grandchild.
Mary’s family were all hard-working people especially growing up during the depression. She loved John with all of her heart as well as their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She will be missed tremendously by her family.
A memorial service will be held for Mary and for her daughter, Judy on March 16 at 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge.
Melanie Ann Rosemore
On Saturday, Feb. 16 at the hour of 3 p.m. the life of Melanie Ann Rosemore will be celebrated at the Bethel Baptist Church, located at 10th and B Streets. Good food will be served and good music will be provided by the Art Jones Band.