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Mary Louise Smouse, 95, of Fairmont, passed from the arms of her family into the arms of her Savior on Monday (August 1, 2016) at St. Barbara's Memorial Nursing Home in Monongah.
Mary, a breast cancer survivor of more than 60 years, was born in Sutton, July 28, 1921, a daughter of the late Russell and Maggie (Greathouse) Skidmore. She became the bride of the late W. Millard Smouse on Nov. 22, 1944. They celebrated nearly 65 years of married bliss.
Mary will be remembered by her family and friends as an excellent cook and homemaker. She was a professional seamstress as well and her handiwork can be seen in the homes of those she loved. At the age of 90, she dressed 25 toy bears to be given to disadvantaged children at Christmas. This is just one of the many projects of which she was so very proud.
In her early years, Mary was employed by Westinghouse. After she wed Millard, they together established Smouse Floor and Wall Covering in Fairmont and ran the business successfully for more than 30 years. She was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church until its closing and then became a member of the Baptist Temple.
Mary is survived by her son, Wallace Millard Smouse Jr. and wife Reta of Fairmont; daughter, Brenda Louise Pritz and husband Michael of Fairmont; grandchildren, Elizabeth Smouse of Jane Lew, Jennifer Paugh and husband John, also of Jane Lew, Redonna Bilbo and husband David of Acworth, Georgia, and Mark Rudy and wife Kayla of Sturgis, Michigan; great-grandchildren, Maggie Paugh, Truman Paugh, Grace Bilbo, Timothy Bilbo, Norman Rudy and Arthur Rudy.
Also surviving is her sister, Ann Clayton and husband Russell of Reisterstown, Maryland; sisters-in-law, Leo Skidmore of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Doris Steele and husband John of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Martha Cutone also of Pittsburgh, Alice Lewis of Baden, Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mary was also preceded in death by her husband, W. Millard Smouse; in-laws, Wallace and Dove Smouse; brother, Burl Skidmore; brothers-in-law, Lawrence Smouse, Anthony Cutone, Loren Lewis; and sister-in-law, Blanche Smouse.
Friends and family may call from 2-8 p.m. today and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street, Fairmont. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Holley Faulkner officiating. Interment will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens.
Condolences may be expressed online at carpenterandford.com.
Published on August 2, 2016
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