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Mary Jo Smith
October 6, 1929 - July 2, 2018

Mary Jo Smith, a long time Naples resident, passed away on July 2, 2018 in Long Beach, California.
Mary Jo was a small town girl from Burlington, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University in 1951 and married a young Army officer and love of her life, Larry Smith. In 1954, Mary Jo moved to Long Beach and soon found Naples Island, a place she loved. Also during this time, she began her teaching career as an elementary school teacher for the Long Beach Unified School District. Naples was the place where Mary Jo wanted to raise her two sons. Mary Jo's home on the canal became a local hangout for her son's friends to swim, boat, play water polo and in some instances move in. Another joy she had was to travel the world and improve her golf game. In 1986, Larry passed away. Even with this loss, Mary Jo continued to travel and play golf with her friends. In 2001 Mary Jo met the next love of her life, Jim Ferrero. Mary Jo and Jim continued to travel, golf and live an active life. Mary Jo was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, teacher and friend. She was active in the Naples Garden Club and donated her time as a docent at the Long Beach Art Museum. She will be missed by her family and friends.
Mary Jo was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Maple Barber and her husband, Larry. She is survived by her brother John Barber; her sons, Scott (Cindy) and Chris (Carol); her granddaughters, Lauren Paige (Brad) and Brooke Smith, her great granddaughter, Teagan Paige, her grandsons, Colby (Sarah), Cooper (Natalie) and Cash.
A memorial service celebrating Mary Jo's Life will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 10:00am at the All Saints Anglican Church, 346 Termino Ave., Long Beach, California.
In Lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to to the Mary Jo Smith Memorial Fund (#11338719). Donations can be made in her honor at www.stjude.org or by calling 1-800-822-6344. Please sign the guestbook at www.presstelegram.com/obits
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on July 13, 2018
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