BANNER ELK - Mary Esther Smith, 72, passed away Feb. 19, 2013, at Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Avery County, she was born Feb. 9, 1941, daughter of the late Marion and Annie Mae Harmon Horney.
She was a member of Elk Valley Baptist Church where she sung in the choir. She also attended Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher.
Mary enjoyed reading, word puzzles, flower gardening and listening to Blue Grass Gospel music.
Along with her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her: husbands, Earl Buchanan and Albert Smith; sister, Lucille Smith; brothers, John and Joe Horney.
Mary has left to cherish her memory her: daughter, Deborah Lynn Christian of Banner Elk; sisters, Wilma Blankenship of Gastonia, Hazel Douthat and husband David of Greenville, TN, Gladys Farmer and husband Allen of Banner Elk; brothers, Dennis Horney and wife Janice, Dallas Horney and wife Kitty, Jimmy Horney and wife Kathy all of Banner Elk; grandchildren, Heather Nichole Christian and boyfriend Joey Kidd of Minneapolis; grandson Michael Christian and girlfriend Hannah Walters of Minneapolis; special friend, Angie Miller; sister-in-law, Inez Horney of Banner Elk.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 21st from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Elk Valley Baptist Church at PO Box 626 Banner Elk, NC 28604.
Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.rsfh.net.