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Mary Jean Smith, age 70

Mary Jean Smith, age 70, of Jacksonville, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 28, 2023. She was born in Iowa City, Iowa on July 6, 1952 to the late Charles Wilson Kendall and Nadine Alberson-Kendall.

Mary was an avid thrift shopper. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking and especially enjoyed taking the Jacksonville Police Department and Fire Department cupcakes. She loved spoiling her grandkids, taking care of others and spending time with her family and friends.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; her son Jeffrey Smith; her sister Patty Kendall; and her brothers Ronnie Kendall, Frank “Boomer” Kendall, and Bob Kendall. She leaves behind her son Kenny Smith (Melanie); grandchildren Rebekah Shahan (Cole), Audrey Juarez (Jacob), and Christopher Smith; great-grandchildren Raelynn Shahan and Ryleigh Shahan; siblings David Kendall (Pat), Dennis Kendall, and Bonnie Davis; and many more friends and extended family members.

In Lieu of Flowers please make donation to The Carti Foundation in her memory.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 10:00am at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville, Arkansas.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Kathleen Cherry Posted March 1, 2023 6:51 PM

    Mary Smith was such a wonderful person. She was a strong member of our group, Marsha’s Crew memorial group. We gather for lunch once a month and most times Mary was there. Lots of times she would bring treats that she had made to share with the group. Our hearts are broken. We will miss Mary so much.

  • audrey mckinley Posted March 2, 2023 8:04 PM

    Mary was a wonderful Neighbor and Friend. She was always helping others including us. She will be truly missed!! Prayers to All her Family and friends. God Bless ALL!

  • Cheryl Ellison Posted March 5, 2023 7:45 PM

    I am so sorry for the void left in this world from Mary’s passing. She was extended family because her granddaughter married my son, but she was also friends of my mother, aunt, and others through work many years ago. She baked beautiful creations for her family’s celebrations and I’ll always think of her when my daughter-in-law bakes something special. She will be missed terribly.

  • Donna Lyons Posted March 8, 2023 7:07 AM

    Ms. Mary was a beautiful soul and Marsha’s crew will not be the same without her. She will be greatly missed. My prayers for comfort and strength for the family ✝️🧎🏻‍♀️🙏♥️

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