Mary W. Smith
Dec. 8, 1921 – Feb. 6, 2011
W. Smith was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on Dec. 8, 1921, and died Sunday,
Feb. 6, 2011, at the age of 89. Her mother said she was born with her
In 1926, Mary, her mother Alice and sister
Catherine arrived in New York to reunite with her father, William
"Scotty," who had been in America for four years. They spent
several years in Amsterdam, N.Y., before settling in Evanston, Ill. Mary
graduated in 1940 from Evanston Township High School. She married Wallace
George Smith in 1942, and they raised four children in Evanston. After her
husband died in 1990, Mary moved to Walnut Creek, Calif., where she
resided for the next 15 years. In 2006, she moved to Avalon Square in
Waukesha to live near her daughter. Mary’s personal warmth and caring
extended through her family, work and volunteer activities. She enjoyed
camping with her family, sports, especially the Chicago White Sox, lawn
bowling and spending quality time with her grandchildren. Mary wants to be
remembered as the grandma who said, "Save room for dessert."
Mary will be deeply missed by her children,
Richard (Buff) Smith of Calgary, Alberta, Drs. David (Anna Hom) Smith of
Salt Lake City, Utah, and Catherine Smith of Waukesha; grandchildren,
David (Tanya) Smith, James (Sharilyn) Smith, Nicole (Guy Marchildon)
Smith, Elaine (Jason) Esteban, Brian Carter-Smith, Scott (Abbie)
Carter-Smith, Sarah (John Davis) McDonald, Philip (Sarah) McDonald and Ian
(special friend Megan Marek) McDonald; and great-grandchildren, Noah, Anik,
Claire, Miró, Mobi and Mia. She is further survived by Sue Lydic, mother
of James and David; and Martin McDonald, DVM, father of Sarah, Philip and
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace;
eldest son, William; her sister, Catherine; and parents, Alice Gaffney
Walker and William Brown Walker.
She will be greatly missed by her family and dear
friend, Little Mary, at the Avalon.
Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until the
1 p.m. memorial service Sunday, Feb. 13, at Avalon Square, 222 Park Place,
Waukesha, with fellowship to follow.
In lieu of flowers and in keeping with Mary’s
spirit of thinking of others, memorial donations may be made to her
daughter, Catherine Smith, to be used for underprivileged children in
Thank you to the staff at Avalon Square and Home
and Hospice Advantage.
For further information, please contact Randle-Dable
Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to
www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave an online tribute.