Originally created 12/16/01

Mary Moser Smith

NORTH AUGUSTA - Those who knew Mary Moser Smith remember her warm sense of humor that will live on in her drawings of "the girls."

The 75-year-old former Sunday school teacher inspired herself and others through a series of cartoon strips she dubbed A Word from the Girls.

The girls were characters based on chickens her children grew up with on vacations, her daughter said.

Jennifer Wilson of North Augusta said her mother, who was known as "Becky" in the strips, used the drawings to bring life into perspective.

"One of the things she did was find humor," Mrs. Wilson said.

Mrs. Smith, the wife of O. Douglas Smith, died Thursday. As a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta, she taught 4-year-olds about God for 14 years.

Mrs. Smith also was a Cub Scout leader for 10 years and the former treasurer of The Greenville News in Greenville, S.C., before coming to North Augusta in 1953.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, two brothers and two sisters. Additional survivors include two sons, Brody Smith of North Augusta and Mark Smith of Sarasota, Fla., and Mrs. Wilson, her only daughter.

Family and friends celebrated Mrs. Smith's life Saturday through pictures and cartoons she drew over the years, Mrs. Wilson said.

And while she is not sure, Mrs. Wilson said her mother's cartoons are too uplifting to stay within her family.

"We may try to publish them," she said.

A funeral for Mrs. Smith will be held today at 3 p.m. at Pineview Memorial Park in North Augusta, with James E. Hunter presiding.

Reach Matthew Boedy at (803) 648-1395 or matthew.boedy@augustachronicle.com.


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