BANNER ELK - Mary Esther Smith, 72, passed away Feb. 19, 2013, at Johnson City Medical Center.
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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.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Feb. 21, 2013