Mary Frances Smith Douglass was born on November 4, 1930. She transitioned to be with the Lord on March 25, 2021.
She was born in Dodge County, Georgia near the town of Eastman to the parents of Minor and Rosa Lee Faison. She attended and graduated from Peabody High School. She attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Eastman Georgia where she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. She then moved to West Palm Beach Florida at and married John Henry Studstill. From this union, Jackie was born. Mary moved to Dayton Ohio in the late 50s where she then married Willie George Smith Sr. They were married for 43 years until George's passing in 2001. Angela and Willie Jr. were their children. Mary worked many jobs while also attending school to earn her beautician's license. Mary was an entrepreneur and a true professional at her craft. She attended local and nation hair styling expos to keep up with the newest trends and techniques. She entered hair shows where she won many prizes along the way. She served clients young and old for over 55 years.
Mary was a true child of God. She was a member of St John Baptist Church, Revelation Missionary Baptist Church, New Philadelphia Baptist Church, and New Beginnings Ministries. She was very active in church and worked tirelessly for many years to do what she could and to help others to do God’s work. Mary was president of many circles, an usher board member for over 50 years, and put on many musicals and bake sales in which her sweet potato pie and apple turnovers were quite famous.
Something many of you did know about Mary, she was a seasoned camper. Our family purchased a camper and we took several trips all over Ohio, New Jersey, just to name a few places. She would cook feasts from a tiny stove and oven. Although George was a professional cook at Wright Patterson Airforce base, Mary was the queen of her camper and her kitchen at home. She made these trips so very special.
Mary was also an avid sports fan. She attended many games between Wilbur Wright which Angela attended and Willie’s school John H. Patterson, sitting first on one side of the field then moving to the other. Her love for sports continued to grow even after Angie and Willie graduated, supporting a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews that attended Dunbar and Trotwood High Schools. She was a sports booster like no other, known through Dunbar as “Studs” granny.
Most of all Mary was giving of herself, generous, and kind. She cared deeply for her family. She lead by example by first saying she would but not always knowing how she would get it done. No one was ever left out. There were no strangers to Mary and she never turned her head from an opportunity to serve others.
In 2003 Mary remarried, Joe Douglass, a man that shared her love of the Lord and of giving to others. In recent days they were both residents together in a care facility still enjoying one another’s company, celebrating Mary’s 90th Birthday last November.
Mary is proceeded in death by her parents Minor and Rosa Lee Faison, “Pops” William K. Sanders, late husband, Willie George Smith Sr, daughter Jacqueline Y. Studstill, sisters Helen Montgomery, Freddie Mae Hurt, Annis Willene Faison, and Mattie Byrdell Rhodes, brother Ira J. Faison, brother-in-laws Moses Montgomery, Theodore Hurt, Reverend. Tommy L. Dupree, and nephew Larry Bray.
She leaves to cherish her beloved husband Joe Douglass, sister Mosetta Wynn(Willie), brother Johnny Harrison Faison(Brenda) daughter, Angela Lucky-Hall(Timothy), son Willie George Smith Jr.(Lynn), grandsons Willie(Ida), Bryon, Victor Studstill, Andrew, Aaron, and Devon Smith, granddaughters Ronisha, DaRonda Woodley, and Audrey Smith. She also leaves to cherish nine great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren with two on the way, and a host of other family members and friends.
Mary served and dedicated her life to the Lord and to the uplifting of others. At the time of her passing as recalled by her caregivers, Mary steadfastly sought comfort by silently praying to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Rest in peace Mary as you now dwell in the house of the Lord.
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