Mary George Elledge Smith, 102, of Greenville, South Carolina went home to be with the Lord on August 4, 2020, a resident of the Cascades at Verde Senior Living Community.
Mary George was born on November 17, 1917 in McMinnville, Tennessee daughter of Nami Belle Martin and Willie "Pete" French Elledge. Mary George had one sister, Tennye Frances Elledge, of Atlanta.
She was married to the late Charles Clifton Smith who died in 2014. Clif and Mary George were happily married on December 22, 1940 for 74 years enjoying life together living in a number of cities including Towson, MD, Atlanta, GA, Winter Park, FL, Lake Forest, IL, Mountain Brook, AL and finally at the Cascades in Greenville, SC. One of their highlights was traveling with friends to places all over the world including China, Alaska, Europe, as well as locations across the United States.
Mary George and Clif loved their family and provided a special home for frequent family visits and celebrations. They had 2 sons, James Clifton (Jim) of Raleigh and Donald Elledge (Don) and his wife Sarah from Greenville along with their 4 grandchildren: Michael and his wife Mary Dee (Raleigh), Matthew and his wife Sherese (Charlotte), Jennifer (Asheville), and David and 8 great grandchildren, Cameron, Madison, Redmond, Hank, Sarah Louise, Mathis, Owen and Harrison.
Mary George was a country girl from middle Tennessee, the beauty queen of Cannon County, loved horses and met her future love, Clif, on a blind date. They were married a few days before Christmas and their honeymoon was a train trip to Baltimore where Clif worked for Westinghouse Electric. One of Mary George's legacies is her special touch of hospitality as well as her ability to prepare so many great meals. Her family captured many of her special recipes in her cookbook, Mary George's Cute Recipes. In so many ways, her family recognizes that Mary George is a Proverbs 31* woman.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be given to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at www.lls.org.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And her tongue is the law of kindness.
She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.
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