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MARY LOU SMITH (nee Reames)  

On August 5, 2018, Mary Lou Smith, 84, passed away peacefully of Parkinson's disease and dementia at the Wilson Health Care Center, Asbury Methodist Village. Born July 27, 1934, in Canadian, Texas to John Clay and Elvie Reames, she spent most of her early life in Texas, Colorado, and California, where she attended Orosi High School. Her farming and ranching family was long-lived, with a grandfather attending the final Lincoln-Douglas debate (1858) in Alton, Illinois. She married a Foreign Service Officer in 1962 and moved to Bonn, Germany, where she helped to organize the State visit of President Kennedy to the Federal Republic of Germany. She also accompanied her husband to Poland and later lived in Potomac, Maryland, earning a B.S. in Journalism at the University of Maryland, and later served as an editor with the American Bankers Association and other companies. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Robert Smith, daughter Cara of Comus, MD, and son Kevin of Augusta, GA. Per her wishes, Mary Lou's family has donated her brain to the Mayo Clinic for its research on neurodegenerative diseases and her body to the Anatomy Gifts Registry for further medical research. There will not be any formal funeral services; in lieu of flowers, a donation to the Brain Support Network would be gratefully accepted.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 10, 2018
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