Mary Ellen Steelman Smith
1930 – 2012
Mary was born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, in 1930. Her family moved to Tehachapi in 1944, and she has lived here ever since. She married her high school sweetheart, Paul Smith, on August 4, 1947. They were happily married for 63 years prior to Paul’s passing in 2010. Mary raised two wonderful children in the Tehachapi Mountains, Linda Sue Branum Dunn and Dennis Smith. Linda Sue preceded her mother in death in 2011. Mary passed away peacefully, her way, in her home of 57 years in Tehachapi, with her family.
She is survived by her son, Dennis Smith and his wife, Kandi; their children, Aaron and Sarah Smith of Thornton, Colo., Mandi and Chris Kirk of Tehachapi, and Shelli and Robert Garza of Bakersfield. She has six great-grandchildren, Garrett and Lily Smith of Thornton, Colo., Payton, Gavin, and Austin Kirk of Tehachapi, and Chloe Garza of Bakersfield. Her siblings, James Edward Steelman, Oscar Junior Steelman, and Bernice Hathaway, preceded her in death.
Mary had lots of wonderful friends, and they showed their love by visiting often in the last month of her life. We thank you all for your hugs, smiles, friendship, your unselfish visits, and the comfort that you brought Mary and her family. You helped make those last days on earth joyful. To our friends that fed us twice a week, thank you. Compassion like yours can never be repaid. We also thank Hoffmann Hospice. You provided more than we expected, more than we can ever repay.
Mom, until we meet again.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrew 11:1