Mary Isabel Ashworth

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Mary Isabel Ashworth Smith, age 93 of Sarcoxie, Mo., passed away early Monday April 15, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born on April 24, 1925 in Beckley, W.V., the daughter of David D. and Martha (Kellman) Ashworth. She was the first female ever to graduate with a Master’s Degree from West Virginia University in Microbiology. Mary then became an assistant professor at Drury University in Springfield, Mo., teaching Nursing and Biology for many years before retiring in 1972. Mary then joined her husband’s accounting firm and was an accountant’s assistant before retiring in 1998. She was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Monett, Mo.

She married Harold R. Smith on June 25, 1945, in Beckley, he preceded her in death in 1998. Mary was also preceded by her parents and a sister, Ruth Crawford.

Survivors include five children: son, Harold R. Smith, Jr. and wife Darcy of Kansas City, Kan., son, David Ashworth Smith and wife Carlene of Lisle, Ill., son, Keith Raynor Smith and wife Monica of Chambersburg, Penn., daughter, Martha Frances (Smith) Haynie of Sarcoxie, and son, Samuel Stefan Smith and wife Debra of Sarcoxie, one sister; Betty Ashworth Turner of Richmond, Va., eleven grandchildren; Thomas Smith, James Smith, Davida Smith, Kendra Smith-Bacon, Bernadette Braun, Stephen Smith, Martin Smith, David Haynie, Jonathan Haynie, Derek Smith and Olivia Smith, and one great-granddaughter, Emma Haynie.

The family will hold a memorial service at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 601 E Benton Street, Monett, MO 65708.

The family will receive friends during a time of visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening also at the church.

Donations may be made to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 601 E Benton Street, Monett, MO 65708, in memory of Mary.