Mildred M. G. Smith May 3, 1926 - Dec. 27, 2012
December 14, 2012, 9:08 am by Staff Reports
She graduated from Bastrop High School and moved to Austin to work for the State of Texas Highway Department. It was there that she met W. Harvey Smith, the love of her life. After they were married in 1946 they made their first home together in Austin before following Harvey’s job to Wyoming, New Mexico and then El Paso, eventually coming back to Austin and making it their home.
In 1977, they moved to the Texas Hill Country where they were active members of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Marble Falls. Smith loved her fellow parishioners and viewed them as extended family. She joyfully served her church as a lay reader, a Eucharistic Minister and in many other ways.
Smith was a strict water conservationist, devoted recycler and friend to the environment many years before those became popular. She was an avid gardener and had such a green thumb that Harvey would say she could put a stick in the ground and it would grow! She loved wildflowers and hummingbirds and spent many hours making red sugar water to feed those who were lucky enough to find themselves in her backyard.
The couple celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in May 2012. The loving couple moved back to Austin in July 2012 to be nearer to their family. Smith was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer shortly thereafter. Her family was blessed to be with her for the precious final months of her life.
Preceding her in death were her parents and three brothers.
Smith is survived by devoted husband W. Harvey Smith; daughter Jean and husband Jimmie Plentl, Glenda Flanagan, and Sandi and husband Ollie Crinkelmeyer; son Danny and wife Lisa Smith; grandchildren Jennifer and husband David Koenig, Neely and husband Carl Meyers, Nicole and husband Matt Johnson; Whitney Davis and her father Lodney C. Davis, Clint Flanagan and Mollie Flanagan and their father Lloyd Flanagan; seven great-grandchildren: Randy, Bradley, Kelly, Austin, Mia, Livi and Madi; as well as a large and wonderful extended family.
The family wishes to extend love and gratitude to the many close friends and family of Mildred and Harvey as well as to the staff and caretakers from Home Care Assistance and from Hospice Austin.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 3 p.m. followed by a Rosary Service at 4:30 p.m. at the Cook-Walden Funeral Home in Austin, 6100 North Lamar Blvd. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. followed by a light lunch at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Marble Falls, 105 FM 1431.
A Graveside Service will follow lunch with procession to Forest Oaks Memorial Park in Austin, 6300 W. Wm Cannon Drive.
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