Mary Elaine Markel

October 20, 1959January 5, 2021

Mary Elaine (Smart) Markel, age 61, of Winston, Georgia, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 20, 1959 to the late, James and Mildred (Gay) Smart. Mary was a member of Life Church in Lithia Springs, Georgia for many years. She was known to be full of life, loved by all, and unapologetically selfless. A generous soul, she spent many hours working on charity events and was always there for anyone in their time of need. She spent 20 fruitful years working at Kroger where she earned awards for teaching local Douglas County School children with disabilities to work at the store.

Mary really enjoyed reading romance novels and watching crime themed television shows – NCIS, CSI, and Blue Bloods. A natural nurturer, she had many “adopted” children at her home when her boys were growing up. She loved to cook and was a tremendously loving and wonderful woman and will be missed by all those blessed to know her.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by the father of her two sons, Dennis Markel.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, James Markel and Timothy (Kelly) Markel; her siblings, Perry Smart, Terry Smart, and Carrie (Larry) Arnold; her 8 grandchildren, Tresie Cross, Hunter Cross, Reid Cross, Kaden Cross, Jacy Markel, Timothy Markel, Jr., Sam Cross, and Aiden Markel; her 2 great-grandchildren, Chasen Cross and Addison Cross; and numerous loved ones, family, and friends.

The family will be having private services outside of the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation,

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Services have been entrusted to the care of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home, 8640 Rose Avenue, Douglasville, Georgia 30134


  • James Smart, Father (deceased)
  • Mildred (Gay) Smart, Mother (deceased)
  • Dennis Markel, Father of Children
  • James Markel, Son
  • Timothy Markel (Kelly Markel), Son
  • Perry Smart, Brother
  • Terry Smart, Brother
  • Carrie Arnold (Larry Arnold), Sister
  • Tresie Cross, Grandchild
  • Hunter Cross, Grandchild
  • Reid Cross, Grandchild
  • Kaden Cross, Grandchild
  • Jacy Markel, Grandchild
  • Timothy Markel, Grandchild
  • Sam Cross, Grandchild
  • Aiden Markel, Grandchild
  • Chasen Cross, Great Grandchild
  • Addison Cross, Great Grandchild


  • Celebration of Life Service

    Thursday, January 21, 2021


Mary Elaine Markel

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Martin Turner

January 23, 2021

I grew up just up the street from the smarts. So I know her from the early years. Mary got me my first job @ allied factory whse. Where she helped me grow. I remember that silly little laugh she had. Condolences to all the family and friends. I feel I was blessed to have known her

Trudy Goodwin

January 22, 2021

Prayers for the family for strength and comfort. We used to work together many years ago at Cub foods. Wonderful lady!

Karen Addison

January 18, 2021

I have known Mary for many years of her working at Kroger. She always had a smile on her face and always greeted me with such kindness! She will be missed from all of her Kroger Family! My Prayers go out to the Family! God has another Angel!!

Karen Addison

Judith Short

January 13, 2021

Mary grew up with my children in Atlanta. We all loved her dearly and even though we grew apart over the years she’s always been in my heart! Condolences to all the Smart children and their families.
Judy Short and the Riddell family

Paula Hudson

January 11, 2021

Mary was a true blessing who i know for 15 years at Kroger and a awesome neighbor who loved my Mac and cheese I will truly miss her love her Rip

Jennifer Tillery

January 10, 2021

Mary was always a kind soul. She always made you feel like family. She made both of my boys amazing diaper cakes. She and my boys had a great bond. I’ll definitely miss her stories and how she lit up talking about her dog or going to see her family. I will also miss her making banana pudding and her shrimp salad. She had an amazing heart.

DeShauna Polk

January 9, 2021

Many would think I would sound like you when they called Kroger. :) I enjoyed swapping family stories with you. From your boys, too trips to see Aiden Poo, Jacy with horse riding to Timothy Jr football, your sister Carrie and so much more; you would just light up talking about your family. We were family and I love you and will miss you dearly. Rest heavenly my friend.

Debra Mayfield

January 7, 2021

The staff of Whitley-Garner at Rosehaven Funeral Home and Memorial Park would like to extend our most sincere condolence to the Markel Family. We would like to thank you for entrusting the care of your loved one into our hands. Please remember you are not alone and we will always be here for you.