OBITUARY

Mary Ruth Smoke

December 5, 1956February 14, 2021
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Mary Ruth Smoke, 64, of Baytown, Texas, passed away on February 14, 2021.

Mary Smoke was born in El Dorado, Arkansas on December 5, 1956 to James and Julia Crawford. On October 14, 1980, she married Paul Smoke. She was a loving wife and stay at home mom. She has been very involved in her Baytown church, Cedar Bayou Baptist Church, where she also has played a big part in the food pantry ministry. She was a light in so many lives.

Her parents James and Julia Crawford precede Mary in death.

Mary is survived by her husband Paul, children Katy Malone, Jacquie Muldrow, husband Bryan, Claire Redman, and husband Ben, Joey Smoke and wife Keller. Grandchildren Aubrey, Maverick, and Molly Malone, Bennett and Sutton Muldrow, Kash Smoke and Max Redman. Siblings Jimmy Crawford and wife Sandy of Strong, Arkansas, Tricia Casey and husband Tom of Dunwood, Georgia, Jo Ann Ballard and husband Sandy of Houston, Texas, as well as 7 nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind many friends who felt like family.

Pall Bearers will be Bryan Muldrow, Bennett Muldrow, Ben Redman, Sandy Ballard, Sam Ballard, and Cody Brackeen.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Navarre Funeral Home, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, TX 77521. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:00 am, at Cedar Bayou Baptist Church, 3116 N. Alexander Dr., Baytown, TX 77520.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to the Cedar Bayou Baptist Church food pantry.

Services

25 February

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2444 Rollingbrook Drive
Baytown, Texas

26 February

Funeral Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Cedar Bayou Baptist Church

3116 North Alexander Dr.
Baytown, Texas

26 February

Committal Service

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Cedar Crest Cemetery

3010 Ferry Rd.
Baytown, Texas

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Rhonda Hall-Flock

February 25, 2021

Oh my Mary,
What a legacy you leave with your smiles, hugs and incredible gift of serving Jesus through your service in the Food Pantry at Cedar Bayou Baptist Church! We worked together at CBBC when you were a first time mom during Vacation Bible Schools, attended ladies Bible studies, Secret Sisters and many Wednesday night meals, Valentine’s get togethers, baby showers and so much more! I treasure those memories!

Paul and family, I’m praying for each of you as you carry on without your precious wife, mother and grandmother. My heart is heavy, but she is happy to be home with Jesus and pain free. It doesn’t make it easier, but I can just see her, in awe at the feet of Jesus. I pray for comfort as you rest in the arms of Jesus and reminisce of the memories that you created during her life. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

Love and peace,
Rhonda Hall-Flock

Don Cunningham

February 24, 2021

My wife Pat was Mary's Sunday School teacher for many years, and I was in that class also. We cannot describe the sadness we felt when we heard of dear Mary's passing. Mary was so unique, and could just pique everyone's interest when she started to share something in Sunday School. She was such a giving person and such a committed Christian. She never professed perfection, but confessed her faults to her Savior, and relied upon His forgiveness to help her get up and start again. What a marvelous testimony her life was. We will never forget Mary. She was one of the bright spots in our day. There have been many people who have passed away at our church during our time there and we miss them all, but Mary is among the special few that we will miss just a bit more. We love you, Mary. We will be praying for Paul and all of his family. God bless you and comfort you and give you His strength during this difficult time. Love, Don and Pat Cunningham

Beth Odom-Gibson

February 24, 2021

To Paul, Katy, Jacquie, Claire, Joey and all the family,

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your dear precious Mary. I have many fond memories of next-door-neighbor chats, sharing stories over the years of the kids and grands growing up! What a beautiful soul Mary was, always with a smile, and willing to do anything for anybody! Mary lived a testament to the welcome sign I’d see as I entered your living room , ‘As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!’
May god grant Mary her due reward, eternal rest in heaven.

Much love,
Beth

Karen Beck

February 24, 2021

I am deeply saddened by your loss and pray continually for our Lord and Savior to comfort you. I was in church with Mary since the early 1990’s and knew immediately that I wanted her in my life as a friend. Mary had the ability to make the ordinary exceptional. She lit up the room with her personality and her love for Jesus. I can’t believe she is gone but her legacy will be her love for Jesus, her family, her friends and anyone who needed help. We are all blessed who knew her. Rest In Peace sweet Mary.

Marie Daniels

February 24, 2021

When Ben and Claire married four years ago, Mary welcomed not only Ben ,but his brother Adam and myself into her lovely family.
When we flew home after the wedding, Mary whispered to me that should Ben ever need to return to the UK, for any reason, she would put him on a plane.
I never forgot her kind words and they made a difficult separation so much easier.
When Mary visited the UK with Claire and Ben we got to know and appreciate the warm, generous character of Mary and make many precious memories.
Every day when I look at the beautiful butterfly wall hanging above my bed that Mary gifted to me, I will remember her.
Sleep tight Mary, you are safe in all our hearts. XXX

Roberta Miller

February 23, 2021

When I think of words that describe my Mary so many come racing through my mind. She was one of a kind and so genuine. She always said “What you see is what you get!”
She loved with her whole being. I already miss our several phone calls a day/night. We made so many precious memories together that I will cherish forever. One of my favorites was us doing JOY Fellowship together. I have already picked the phone up to call and tell you something I needed you to know. I loved you like the sister I never had. There is a huge hole in my heart and it’s hard to imagine my life without you in it. Fly high sweet girl. Love you forever and always.

Terry & Jodi Smoke

February 23, 2021

I’ve struggled with this. Not because I didn’t know what to say. I just didn’t know how exactly to put into words just how much this beautiful soul meant to us and to everyone in her life. If you were blessed to know Mary, you knew love. And even if you didn’t know Mary, but you crossed her path, you knew love. We were beyond blessed to call her “sister”. She loved her family, her God and her family of friends fiercely. She loved helping people. She loved having fun. Her smile would light up a room. We are heartbroken to have not had more time with her here on earth and we are heartbroken for her family. But we have peace in our hearts knowing she is in her heavenly kingdom and we will all see her again soon. Love you sister.

Deborah Anderson

February 23, 2021

So very sadden to hear of Mary's passing. She was a lovely lady.
I knew Mary from our elementary days at Stephen F. Austin. My youngest daughter, Jaclyn (Anderson) Windsor, was friends with
Katy. Home room parents.

My up most prayers go out to all family members and friends of Mary's. Debbie Anderson

Michelle Hollingsworth

February 23, 2021

There are so many memories and love I just can't pick one. She was always herself, a great friend, selfless, and I loved her so much for that. She was full of life and love for everyone. The 21 years that I was blessed to know her seem like a blink of an eye. Our love and prayers go out to all of you for the rest of time, as we know how much your hearts are aching.

Fay Dickerson

February 23, 2021

Sending my Deepest Condolences to all of Mary's family. May GOD comfort you with his love in the days ahead and give you peace. Mary was such a wonderful lady and loved her family unconditionally. She will be missed by many. Hugs to each of you.

With much Love,
Fay Dickerson
Baytown, TX

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