Mary J. Smith

Mary June Walls Smith, 89, of Newport, passed away at 3 p.m. May 31, 2014, at Harmar Place in Marietta.

She was born Sept. 14, 1924, in Marietta to the late Charles F. and Edith Walls.

A 1942 graduate of Marietta High School, she worked at The Ohio Valley Grocery and S. S. Kresge’s. She was a member of Newport United Methodist Church. She was an avid reader until her eyesight failed and enjoyed watching game shows on TV and working search-a-word puzzles.

She is survived by children; son, Gary (Linda) Smith of Marietta; two daughters, Cathy (David) Reynolds of Marietta and Brenda (Tom) Berga of Newport; daughter-in-law, Cathy Smith of Marietta; seven grandchildren, Shannon (John) Ellis of Acworth, Ga., Jennifer (Stacy) Utley of Holly Springs, N.C., Brad (Kendra) Berga of St. Marys, W.Va., Tina (Jared) Miller of Newport, Stacy (Sonny) Reynolds of Marietta, Eric (Misty) Smith of Bartlett and Stephanie (Ben) Clovis of Lowell; and 17 great-grandchildren. She will be sorely missed by her loving little four-legged companion, Torpedo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jobe Smith Jr.; son, Dana Smith; and her parents.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home, Marietta, with Pastor Rick Burkhardt officiating. Burial will follow in Newport Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home today after 2 p.m. with family present from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.

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The family resquests that memorial contributions be made to the Mid-Ohio Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 5, Marietta, OH 45750.