Margaret Mary Wynne Smith was born on August 17, 1935 in Bronx, NY. She was the daughter of Irish-born Martin and Canadian born Madeline Wynne. She was baptized at St. Augustine’s church and to her family and friends, became known as Mary. She was the oldest of three siblings: Mary, Robert and James. As a family, they spent their school years in New York and their summers in Nova Scotia, Canada. Mary befriended Richard Smith in Nova Scotia, and they spent many summers together. She attended Cathedral High School and then secretarial school in New York City. In October 1957, she made her social debut at the Commonwealth Ball held at the Seventh Regiment Armory in Manhattan in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. She lived at the Barbizon Plaza Hotel for Women in New York City.
Mary started off as a secretary for Lipton Tea, then became a book reviewer for Catholic Digest. At Catholic Digest, she befriended Chuck Jones, creator of Bugs Bunny and inspired him to create Bug Bunny, the fearless fire eater, and a caricature of her at her typewriter. She loved to travel, visiting Rome, among other places in Europe. In November of 1963, she traveled to John F. Kennedy’s Memorial in Washington D.C., and even went to the first Rolling Stones concert in June of 1964. Shortly after her father passed away, she went on a pilgrimage to Ireland. In the summer of 1974, she traveled to Canada. In Canada, she and reconnected with Richard Smith who was raising three children on his own, Alfred who was 11 years old, Susan who was 7 years old and Lisa who was 5 years old. Mary felt that God sent her a message. Knowing that the children needed a mother and that she
wanted more than anything to be a mother, she and Richard married on September 11, 1974. Mary, Richard, and the children moved to the United States as a family. Mary began working for Chase Bank, where she had a happy career for many years, before she retired and moved to Nova Scotia with Richard. In 1996, she and Richard renewed their wedding vows. Sadly, her mother and brothers passed away. However, she was happy with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Upon his passing, she returned to the United States to spend time with her seven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren in New York. She was a parishioner of Blessed Sacrament and lived in New Rochelle happily for many years. Mary was dedicated to her Catholic faith, loved all animals, was generous and charitable. She was surrounded by those who loved her until the end. Mary was at peace with having received her last rites and was awaiting her meeting with our Lord. She will be missed and thought of often as she watches over us from heaven.
Donations in her name should be made to:
Humane Society of Westchester
70 Portman Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801.
Visitation Thursday 11/17 4-8pm
Mass Friday 11/18 Blessed Sacrament Church at 10:30am