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Obituary – Mary Lou Smith (1948-2021)

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Mary Lou (Mahurin) Smith of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday, September 6, 2021 in Waldron, Arkansas with her loving family by her side.

Mary was born September 19, 1948 in Waldron, Arkansas to “Hoot” Mahurin and Ruby Brown Mahurin. She was 72 years old. Mary was a long-time member of Waldron Pentecostal Church.

Mary worked many for many years at Tyson Foods. Having done almost every job in the plant, she retired working in the Quality Assurance Department. Mary was a kind and humble woman who worked hard and always helped others when possible, even doing without sometimes to give to others. Her caring nature and love for family and friends were insurmountable. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the light of her life. A pot of coffee, good conversation and laughs were always found sitting around Mary’s table. When time would afford her the opportunity, she could be found very happily throwing a line to see if she could snag her a big o’l fish. At the end of every day, her prayer, her happiness, her worry and her blessings were to know that her family was taken care of.

Mary leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son, Hondo Smith and wife Nelva and three daughters: Lisa Smith, Misty Smith and Faith Smith all of Waldron, Arkansas. Nana will forever remain in the hearts of her 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Mary is also survived by one sister Lessie Dean Stuart of Hon, Arkansas and one brother Danny Mahurin of Bates, Arkansas. Mary will be missed by all that knew her and the many whose lives she impacted, including an extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins, many friends and loved ones she held dear to her heart.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny L. Smith, one infant son, Shane Lee Smith, her parents, Hoot and Ruby Mahurin and one brother, Charlie Mahurin.

Mary’s life celebration will be held, 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 9, 2021, at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. Rickey Hunt officiating. Interment will follow in the Duncan Cemetery. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

Mary’s pallbearers will be Garry Smith, Garon Smith, David Walker, Jeff Pennington, Cameron Young and Jessie Oldaker. Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis Edwards, Chuck Reay, Larry Stuart and Tim Stuart.

Mary’s visitation will be Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Waldron, Arkansas.

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