Mary Ann Smith
F, #252, b. 2 March 1924, d. 21 November 2001
|Father-Can||Alexander Linsky2 b. 17 Jun 1902, d. 22 Jul 1964|
|Mother||Marie Smith1 b. 5 Jan 1907, d. 1 Mar 1987|
|Robert Earl Grant b. 3 May 1923, d. 23 June 2004|
KEY EVENTS:Mary Ann Smith was born on 2 March 1924 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, at University Hospital at 4:50 in the morning.3 Mary and Robert Earl Grant, son of Daniel Leroy Grant and Delila May Klinger, were married on Tuesday, 25 March 1941 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. Mary died at age 77 on Wednesday, 21 November 2001 at the home of her daughter, Sharlene in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.4 Mary was buried on 26 November 2001 at Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.4
NARRATIVE:Mary Ann was born Marian Ilene Smith. She was named after her great-grandmother, Marianne Nuijen. Notably as a young woman, she often was called Darlene or Arlene, but reverted back to Mary Ann as she got older.1 On 12 April 1930 Mary appeared on the 1930 federal census in the household of her granduncle, Sam Smith, at 1924 North Westnedge in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.5 Two days later she was enumerated again in the household of another granduncle, Arend William Longjohn, on Milham Park Road South in Portage Township, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, along with her great-grandmother.6
From the time they were married until shortly after their oldest daughter, Sharlene, was born Mary and Robert Earl Grant lived at the house next door to 625 Riverview Dr. in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, which was owned by Robert's father. He had bought it from the Fry family, trading them his Packard for it, as Mr. Fry was about to lose the house to the city for back taxes. The Frys then moved to the front of a mattress factory where they worked, and where apparently they lived for the rest of their lives. The newlyweds, Robert and Mary Ann, then rented this house for ten dollars a month, which Robert once joked he'd probably never pay that much for rent again. His parents still lived next door at 625 Riverview Drive, the house they had lived in for many years. In the house next to them, at the corner of Riverside Dr. and Hotop St., lived Lovell and Edith Rolfe, parents of Daniel Joel Grant's wife, Shirley. Then on the other side of Robert and Mary Ann's house lived a long time acquaintance, Burton Elsey. None of these houses remain standing at this date.7,2 Mary and Robert Earl Grant lived in 1943 at 802 E. Lawrence Street in Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Indiana.7,2,8
Before October 1943 the family moved back to Robert's parents' house at 122 W. Emerson St. in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, because Robert knew he would be drafted soon, and he hoped he would be drafted into the same company as people he knew. Despite his hope, it didn't work out that way.7 During World War II, Mary Ann was employed by the Gibson Guitar Company in Kalamazoo. While there, she built guidance systems for the U.S. Navy, which had contracted Gibson for this purpose. One might say she was a Rosie the Riveter as were so many other American women of the time.9 Her dear granduncle, Sam Smith, who raised her as if she were his own daughter, died on 6 June 1944 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan. This also happened to be D-Day, the invasion of Normandy by the Allied Forces.10 Her great grandmother, Marianne Nuijen, died on 16 May 1947 at 4908 Lovers Lane in Portage, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, at age 83.11 Mary Ann Smith was employed between 1976 and 1993 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.12 She retired on 8 September 1993 from her job as a cashier in the Dietetics Department at Borgess Medical Center after 17 years of employment. She was unfortunately forced into retirement by the sudden loss of the majority of her sight from age-related macular degeneration.12,4
Her funeral service took place on 26 November 2001 at Langeland Funeral Home in Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, followed by a graveside service at Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers at her funeral included Robert Lee Cunningham.4
|Last Edited||5 Mar 2017|
- [S899] Marian Ilene Smith entry, Washtenaw County Births Volume 1924: no. 122 (6 March 1924), Washtenaw County Clerk, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan.
- [S9] Interview with Mary Ann (Smith) Grant (Kalamazoo, Michigan), by Compiler. Notes in possession of author (Seattle, Washington).
- [S899] Marian Ilene Smith entry, Washtenaw County Births Volume 1924: no. 122 (6 March 1924), Washtenaw County Clerk, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan. Her birth certificate further states that her mother is a "school girl" who was 15 years old, although it is clear from all available records that her mother was actually 17 years old.
- [S579] Personal knowledge of the author, T.L. Cunningham, Seattle, Washington.
- [S926] Sam Smith household, 1930 U.S. census, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, population schedule, city of Kalamazoo, SD 16, ED 18, sheet 17A, dwelling 391, family 414, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T626, roll 998.
- [S927] Aaron Longjohn household, 1930 U.S. census, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, population schedule, Portage Township, SD 16, ED 48, sheet 8B, dwelling 183, family 190, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T626, roll 998.
- [S53] Interview with Robert Grant (Kalamazoo, Michigan), by Compiler. Notes in possession of author (Seattle, Washington).
- [S1270] "Enlistment record and report of separation", Robert E. Grant, serial number 36-886-497, 5 November 1945; copy in possession of author; Seattle, Washington. Hereinafter cited as "Enlistment record, Robert E. Grant, 5 November 1945."
- [S580] Interview with Robert Grant (2425 Coy Avenue, Kalamazoo, Michigan), by Compiler, September 2002. Notes in possession of author (Seattle, Washington).
- [S811] Sam Smith entry, Kalamazoo County Death Registrations, Volume 2: 355 (1944), Kalamazoo County Clerk's Office, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Hereinafter cited as Kalamazoo County Deaths.
- [S810] Mary Anna Smith entry, Kalamazoo County Death Registrations, Volume 1: 12 (1947), Kalamazoo County Clerk's Office, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Hereinafter cited as Kalamazoo County Deaths.
- [S618] Jamie Fredell, "Bulletin Board", Teamwork (The Borgess Medical Center Employee Newsletter) (10 September 1993): p. 4. Hereinafter cited as "Bulletin Board."