Mary Willoudene “Willy” (Mercer) Smith, 92, died Sunday, July 25, 2021 at Rush Memorial Hospital. Although Willy had been in poor health for several years, her death was unexpected, yet peaceful from pneumonia.
Willy was born June 8, 1929 in Livingston Tennessee to Sam and Gertrude Mercer. She married Glen Osby Smith on May 15, 1949. Willy and Glen had two children, a daughter Marcia and son Darrell. They lived their married life in Henry and Rush counties. After Willy retired from DuWell in Morristown, she and Glen moved to Williams, Indiana in the late 1980s. Once retired, Willy enjoyed traveling all over southern Indiana watching and listening to Glen play bluegrass music. When home, she enjoyed frying fish Glen caught in the river, growing, cooking and eating vegetables from her garden, and doing word puzzles. They returned to Rush County about five years ago.
Willy is survived by her husband of 72 years, Glen Smith, her daughter, Marcia Roll of New Castle, a brother, Paul (Nikki) Mercer of Lewisville, nine grandchildren: Steven Fleming of Evansville, Janelle (Daniel) Miner of Evansville, Bill (Emily) Policella of Michigan, Daryl (Susan) Jones of Carmel, Jodie (Jason) Lorton of New Castle, Trina (Jason) Summers of Georgia, Bryana (JD) Hasz of Ohio, David (Angie) Smith of Alabama, and Kevin (Rachel) Smith of Orlando, twenty-nine great-grandchildren, and many other much loved family members.
Willy was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Gertrude Mercer, her in-laws, Coy and Mallie Smith, her son, Darrell Smith, sisters, Anna Thompson, Barbara Lowhorn and Suda Gunter, and brothers, RD Mercer, Earl Mercer, Carey Mercer, and Dale Mercer.
Graveside services will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday July 30, 2021 at Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.
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