Mary M. Bail-King-Smith


Mary M. Bail-King-Smith, 90, formally of St. Elmo, passed away peacefully on early Thursday afternoon, Sept. 13, 2018 at 12:07 pm at the Shelbyville Manor

Nursing Home in Shelbyville.

Funeral services were held Tuesday September 18, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church in rural St. Elmo with the Rev. Roy Abbott of Decatur officiating. Visitation was held for the family and friends at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Kull Funeral Home of St. Elmo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mary was born on the family farm on Avena township in rural St. Elmo on May 21, 1928. She was one of five siblings into the Christian family of Fred Sylvester Bail and Harriet Elizabeth Fletcher-Bail. She graduated from the eighth grade from Star School in Avena township and graduated high school from St. Elmo High School in the class of 1944. She married William D. King from Birmingham, Alabama on May 9, 1949. Mr. King preceded her in death on April 24, 1952. She then married R. W. Smith on Nov. 15, 1953, and he survives.

Mary was a housewife and a mother, and was employed outside the home in various office positions as the need arose, retiring from Archer Daniels Midland Company of Decatur after a 20-year tender on Sept. 31, 1989.

Mary leaves to mourn in her passing: husband R. W. Smith of St. Elmo; two sons, Steven (wife Patty) King of Tulsa, Okla., and Rodney (wife Sherry) Smith of Edinburg; two daughters, Marcia (husband Rev. Dr. Milton) Bost of Chatham, and Beverly (husband Gary) Waltrip of Decatur; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one brother-in-law, Ronald Ragsdale of St. Elmo.

She was preceded in death by her father; mother; one daughter, Patricia Leigh King; brothers Dale, Robert, and Stanley Bail; and one sister, Karel Ragsdale.

Memorials may be directed to Baptist Children’s Home in Carmi, care of Rodney Smith, 312 East Washington Street, Edinburg, IL, 62531, or to the donor’s choice.

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