Mary Ann Smith, age 79, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1964, passed away peacefully at home on August 23, 2011 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and an eighteen month second round with cancer.
She was born on March 28, 1932 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah to John F. and Olive (Monsen) Pritchett. Her parents and her siblings, Gwen (Poulsen), Frank Lee, and Susan, preceded her in death.
Mary Ann learned the value of hard work from her parents, both in maintaining a clean and orderly house and in the difficult tasks of wheat farming. As a teenager she helped her father with the wheat harvest by driving a tractor pulling a wheat combine. Throughout her school years she was popular, a good student and a leader. She was active in drama, marching band (saxophone), dance, and pep club. She had a beautiful alto voice and was active singing in school and in the community. She received a scholarship to study drama at the University of Denver the summer following her graduation from high school.
Mary Ann attended the University of Utah one year and then chose to marry her high school sweetheart, Allen Smith, in 1951. The marriage was later solemnized for eternity in the Manti, Utah LDS Temple. Mary Ann did, however, earn her PhT (Putting husband Through) degree at Utah State University while supporting Allen in earning his Electrical Engineering degree.
Mary Ann was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout her life and served diligently and effectively in many callings. She loved her Savior and was an effective teacher and leader. She especially enjoyed working with children in Primary and Sunday School classes and also with teenage girls in Young Women programs. She also served in the adult women’s Relief Society for several years. Due to her strong organizational and leadership skills she served predominantly in leadership positions. She also served with Allen as a Stake and Ward missionary, an eighteen month church service mission at the Bishop’s Storehouse, eleven years as an ordinance worker in the Denver Temple, and three years full time as an assistant to the matron in the Temple Presidency.
Mary Ann is survived by her loving husband, five sons, Larry (Irene), Mark (Pam), David (Tracie), Craig (Kathy), Brent (Dana), nine granddaughters, seven grandsons, five great-granddaughters, and four great-grandsons. Her husband and five sons were the love and joy of her life although she loved all her large family dearly and they reciprocated, including her five daughters-in-law who adored her and they all had a very close relationship.
She was totally committed to serving the Lord and her family and demonstrated throughout her life a willingness to sacrifice her own comfort and desires to serve and to give happiness to her family and others. Mary Ann was the ideal wife, companion, and sweetheart. She was a devoted and supportive wife, humble and without guile. She was a beautiful person, a virtuous woman, a “crown to her husband” (Proverbs 12:4).
Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, August 27, 2011 in the LDS Church at 4955 Meadowland Blvd., Colorado Springs.
A viewing will be held Friday evening 6pm to 8pm at Swan Law Funeral Directors and again at the Church an hour before the funeral service.
Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant, Utah City Cemetery on Friday, September 2nd, following a brief graveside service at 11:00am.