Funeral services for Mary Kelley Smith 69, of Bernice, LA. were held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 am at Pisgah Baptist Church in Bernice, LA. Officiating was Bro. Jeff Hurst. Interment was in Pisgah Cemetery under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home in Farmerville.
Mary was born on September 19, 1946 in Bernice, LA and passed away on May 11, 2016 at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston following a brief illness. She was employed at Claiborne Insurance in Homer, LA and was also a tax preparer for many loyal customers over the years. Her greatest joy in life were her children and grandchildren. Over the years, she and her late husband were foster parents to 27 children, and adopted four children. She had a nuturing nature and was loved by many. Mary was a member of Pisgah Baptist Church where she once filled in as pianist and served as church clerk.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy Spencer Kelley and John M. “Jim” Kelley and her husband Walter Smith, her grandparents Corbett Marzelle and Annie Martindale Kelley and Jesse and Maude Murrary Spencer.
She is survived by her sister Jessie Kelley Boyett, 4 children: Kevin Walter Smith and wife Patty of Homer, LA., Kelli Jo Wilson and her husband Paul of Ruston, LA., Melissa Aulds and her husband Robert of Ocala, FL., and Ronnie Smith of Ocala, FL. 12 grandchildren: Kevin Smith, Britian Smith, Brent Smith, Brett Smith, Wesla Dees, Callie Smith, Hadlie Smith, Amber Grafton Hunter, Angela Grafton, Hannah Aulds, Hayden Aulds and Blade Smith and 5 great grandchildren: Jolie Smith, Isabelle Foust, Adam Foust, Aubrey Smith, Christin Nicole Hunter, Presley David Hunter and Christopher Matthias Hunter. Other survivors include her niece Danielle Harkins and husband Eric, nephews Aaron Boyett and wife Charla, John Boyett and wife Amanda, great nephews Nathon Harkins and Sawyer Messer, and great nieces Kailee Harkins, Victoria Jane “Tori” Boyett and Payton Reese Boyett. She is also survived by her aunt Darline Grafton, and uncle Kenneth “Chuck” Kelley and aunt Martha Kelley, as well as a host of cousins and many friends.
Pallbearers were Aaron Boyett, John Boyett, Eric Harkins, Nathon Harkins, Kevin Smith and Robert Aulds. Serving as Honorary paulbearers were Paul Wilson and Chris Hunter.
Visitation was held Friday, May 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Pisgah.