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3000 E. Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
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Mary Louise Smith

Mary Louise Smith

Tuesday, November 6th, 1923 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
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Mary Louise Smith, known as ML/Emil, 96, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Stonebridge Health Campus in Bedford, IN. Mary Louise was born November 6, 1923, in Monroe County and was the daughter of Samuel Ray and Lula (Perry) Crain. She was raised in Elwren, IN, where she attended Elwren School. Mary Louise was a 1941 graduate of Bloomington High School, worked at RCA in Bloomington, and was a homemaker. She was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and friend to many.
Mary Louise was one of the oldest living members of Stanford Baptist Church and had served for many years as the pianist with the gift of musicality. Without ever receiving any piano lessons, she was able to play any song. She was a member of the church choral choir and bell choir. She enjoyed participating in a kitchen band that performed at local nursing homes. She was an assistant fan club president and outstanding member of the Joe Edwards Fan Club. She was a fixture for many years at IU football and basketball events working the concession stand for Stanford Baptist Church for 30 years. She worked at multiple polling sites for elections for 30 years as well.
She was loquacious, a wonderful cook and baker, an avid reader, and cruciverbalist. Other hobbies included playing cards, listening to country music, and sharing time with numerous friends. Mary Louise never met a stranger.
Mary Louise is survived by 3 children, Carla (John) Timms of Littleton, CO, David (Kathy) Smith of Bloomington, and Pam Clampitt-Arnold (Tony) of Williams. She is survived by 12 grandchildren: John Timms, Jason Timms, Jami De Siena, Jennifer Smith, Matthew Smith, Michael Smith, Aimee Smith, Andrew Clampitt, Philip Clampitt, Jared Clampitt, Jonathan Clampitt, and Joel Clampitt. Also surviving are 16 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, former husband Carl Edwin Smith, three brothers: Paul Crain, Stanley Crain, Louis Crain, and a sister, Mildred (Crain) Williams.
Private family services will be held with burial at Clover Hill Cemetery on Thursday, May 7, 2020.
A memorial service to celebrate Mary Louiseā€™s life will be held at a later date when Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
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Nancy Mowery

Posted at 10:47am
I have known Mary Louise since I was little and started coming to Stanford Baptist Church. Eventually, we became music partners with her playing the piano and me playing the organ. She always had the hymnal in front of her, but couldn't read the notes! Sometimes she would start a song in sharps and it was written in flats, so I would have to change to match her. She also had many of the hymn page numbers memorized. Mary Louise was very supportive of me as choir director for many years. She was faithful, and she always had a smile. I also worked beside her several times in the concession stand. I poured cokes and she was the cashier. She loved meeting the people, and she could pretty much figure what people owed for their purchases in her head. I was always amazed at that. In later years, we have missed Mary Louise at church, but Doug & I have enjoyed our visits with her in the nursing home. She was a joy to visit, and always seemed to know just as much, or maybe even more, about what was going on at church than we did! And, she loved to tell us all about her family. To all of her family, you have our condolences. We know you will miss her, but today she is walking in heaven! Doug and Nancy Mowery


Posted at 06:28pm
You were definitely one of a kind and one of my favorite people in the world. I will miss our weekly phone calls but will still be thinking of you and know that the bond we shared can't be broken. I will love you forever, Jenny

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