Mary Spencer-Smith, 56, of Hampstead, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at home.
She was the adopted daughter of the late Susanne and Willis Spencer. She was the wife of Chuck Smith, her husband of 22 years, whom she married in 1991.
She was born and lived in the Baltimore area for most of her life before moving to Hampstead in 2005.
She enjoyed music, reading books, as well as writing poetry and short stories, but mostly being around her family and friends. She was an animal lover.
After several years at St. Mary's College of Maryland, she continued her passion, and was a 1981 graduate of the University of Alabama, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English literature with creative writing as her minor.
Upon returning to Baltimore and taking care of her parents, she spent several years working in retail, from book stores to selling electronics and computers at Radio Shack for 13 years, where she met her husband.
Eventually she found her true calling, working with kids with special needs and disabilities, and was a special education assistant at several elementary schools before finding an opening at Kennedy Krieger High School, where, later a back injury temporarily paused her career path, but never stopped her from wanting to return to a position she enjoyed.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are children Elizabeth Smith and Michael Smith, both of Hampstead; a brother, Benjamin Spencer; and mother-in-law and father in-law Virginia and Charles Smith, of Reisterstown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Maryland SPCA, www.mdspca.org
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be offered at www.elinefh.com
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