Dearly Departed sunset, ocean

Published on February 19th, 2013 | by NSB Observer


Miriam Heape Smith

May 22, 1929 – February 4, 2013

Miriam Heape SmithMiriam Heape Smith, age 83, died peacefully at her home in New Smyrna Beach on February 4, 2013.  She was born on May 22, 1929 in Beaufort, SC, as the youngest of 5 children of Edgar Eugene Heape and Alma Dempsey Heape.  Miriam was the Executive Assistant to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, GA but her true vocation was raising 5 children.  As a Mom, she was kind, gentle, strong, a great mother, and friend to many.  She taught her children to overcome difficulties and sadness through strong faith in the Lord and perseverance, no matter the challenge.

After living in Savannah almost 50 years, Miriam moved to Atlanta.  She married Walter Freeman Smith of Savannah in 1988 and they made their home on the “Triple Nickel Ranch” in McDonough, GA.  She stayed active, volunteering at the Cancer Home and singing in her Church choir.  Miriam was also an accomplished seamstress and very creative in the world of crafts.  In 2009, Miriam and Walter moved to New Smyrna Beach.  She loved adventure and always stayed connected with all 5 of her children, visiting them all over the world.  No matter what, she was always there for her children as a true southern lady.

Miriam was predeceased by her husband, Walter, her parents, and 4 brothers and sisters.  Miriam is survived by her 5 children: Donald E. McLendon, Jr. of NSB,  Terri M. Jackson of NSB,  Michael L. McLendon of Savannah, GA, Kathy A. Privateer of Marietta, GA, and Mary B. McLendon of NSB; along with 3 stepsons, Walter F. Smith, Jr. of Forest Park, GA,  Timothy A. Smith of Griffin, GA, and Randy B. Smith of Lawrenceville, GA; and brother-in-law, Herbert A. Smith of Greensboro, NC.  Her loving family extends to 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Settle-Wilder Funeral Home in New Smyrna Beach is handling arrangements for her memorial service which will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 988 Father Donlan Drive, New Smyrna Beach at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22nd.  Family and friends will gather following the ceremony at the family home.  Interment will follow at the Catholic Cemetery in Savannah on April 19th, when the dogwoods are in bloom.  The family suggests remembrances for Miriam be made through Catholic Charities USA., P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066.

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