Mary Jane Smith, 79, Fort Wayne, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

She was born in Auburn on Sept. 13, 1940, to Roy L. and Violet E. (May) Baker.

She was a 1958 graduate of Riverdale High School and earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Ball State University.

She was a teacher and speech therapist at various school systems in the area. She also owned and operated MJ’s Bookmark Bookstore in Auburn.

Mary Jane was a very active and faithful member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne. She belonged to the John Houlton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was a member of the Ladies Literary Club and the Kenwigs Book Club and a member, and was former president of the DeKalb County Retired Teachers Association.

She was a 10-year DeKalb County 4-H member and ardent supporter of her children and grandchildren in Allen County 4-H. She was very proud of her family heritage and involvement in the family farm with one of her farms given Century Farm distinction in 2002. In her retirement, she enjoyed traveling, especially her visits to presidential libraries.

Surviving are her son and daughter and their spouses, James W. and Kimberly Smith II of Grabill and Elizabeth A. and David Chmiel of Fort Wayne; five grandchildren, Shelby Smith, Toby Smith, Johnathan Smith, Alexander Chmiel and Zoe Chmiel; a stepgranddaughter, Vanessa Watkins; and a stepgreat-grandson, Jonathan Sven Watkins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother John Calvin Baker, as an infant.

Services were Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at Bethany United Methodist Church, 7715 Sunny Lane, Fort Wayne, with Pastor Larry Maddox officiating. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery in St. Joe.

Preferred memorials are to the church or Allen County 4-H.

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