|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1924|
|Death: ||May 22, 1998|
Los Angeles County
Born in Rich Creek, southwestern Virginia (Giles County), between Glen Lyn, Narrows and Pearisburg, Virginia. Mary was the 14th of 16 children born to John and Maud Smith, and was married to Charles Bernard Eastburn (and in 1971, to Franklin Forrest Forloines--both deceased). Mary was 74 years old when she died. She had two children: Dan Charles Eastburn (born March, 1943), and (Phillip) David Eastburn (born December, 1947), both living. Mary lived in Washington, D.C., then Ritchie, Maryland (1955-1992), and worked for the U.S. Post Office, Bureau of Transportation. She retired and moved to Van Nuys, Ca. and lived with her younger son David from 1992 until she died in 1998. Her son, Dan, aka Daniel Eastman ("d.e."), lives on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Only 2 of her 15 siblings survive, 2 brothers, the second born child, Allen Frank Smith (Lake Wales, Florida), and the last born child, Vivan "Bud" Arnold Smith (Alexandria,Virgina). Mary was a strong and loving Mother and friend. She was loved by all she met, and was known affectionately as "Toots." She loved to play bingo and visit Las Vegas to play the slots and bingo! Cause of Death: She was admitted to the hospital on a Monday May 18th 1998 with severe low back pain, unable to move. On examination, she was found to have metastatic bone cancer originating from a primary site in her bladder. She had no symptoms other than weight loss, but had a history of cancer over 30 years previously. She underwent radiation therapy to reduce the size of the tumors compressing her spine to relieve the pain. She was not a candidate for surgery or chemotherapy due to her emphysema and renal insufficiency. The following Friday May 22nd 1998 she died of cardiac arrest in the hospital after returning from her radiation treatment. Mary always said she did not want to be a burden to her sons, and by the way her life quickly resolved, she was granted her wish (as if she could have ever been a burden!).
Her son David composed a poem for her: "A Lady Most Deserving" (1975), which is on a bronze cenotaph plaque in The Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn, in the Columbarium of Sanctuaries, to the right of The Last Supper stained glass window by Leonardo DaVinci. ENJOY HEAVEN MOTHER!!
The following is a poem of tribute written by her son,
A Lady Most Deserving
Give her the captured radiance of a flawless emerald;
A snowflake on a rosy cheek;
The surge of grass in springtime;
The sound of butterfly wings;
The grace and wisdom of wizened years.
Give good memories on a chilly night, moon glow on satin;
A heart aching from gladness;
The cleansing of a tear;
The benevolence of silent contemplation;
A touch of stillness, the feel of warmth.
Give her the wind to comb her hair, a wish on a falling star;
A smile when it's not needed and an embrace when it is;
The serenity of perfect love;
The reassurance of peace.
All of these would I give her, for she is
A lady most deserving.
Becky (1997 - 2009)*
Mom's inurnment niche plaque (in the Columbarium of Nativity, facing W.C. Fields) reads:
Mary Frances Smith, 1924-1998.
Lord, be Precious to Your Soul, Mary.
A Lady Most Deserving.
Beloved Mother of sons David and Dan Eastburn
Sleep in Heavenly Peace.
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Los Angeles County
Plot: The Great Mausoleum, Holly Terrrace, Hall of Inspiration, Columbarium of Nativity, Niche 20817
Created by: P. David Eastburn
Record added: Feb 08, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7170588