Mary Crain Smoot Robertson, 95, active in historical groups

March 24, 1997|By Alec Klein | Alec Klein,SUN STAFF

When Mary Crain Smoot Robertson died Tuesday, so did a piece of history: She was a descendant of Thomas Stone, a lawyer from Charles County and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Mrs. Robertson died of complications from pneumonia at the St. Agnes Health Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on North Ridge Road in Ellicott City, where she moved after a stroke in 1994. She was 95.

She was a member of the John Hanson Society, an active member of the Baltimore Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for 60 years, president of the Colonel Frances Warring Society Children of the American Revolution for six years, a national officer of the Daughters of Colonial Wars, past president of the Maryland state chapter of the Daughters of Colonial Wars, past president of the state chapter of the Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, and an active member of the Ark and Dove Society and the First Families of Virginia.

"She always found time for the meetings and doing what she could," said her only child, Mary Brawner Robertson McKee of Ellicott City. "It was her enjoyment."

Yet such activities were only one aspect of Mrs. McKee's remembrances of her mother -- an indomitable woman who was 5 feet 2 inches tall with blue eyes and silver hair, -- who liked to play bridge and embroider. "She was a wonderful mother and, in my opinion, brilliant," Mrs. McKee said with a flutter of laughter.

"There was never anything that was too big to handle," Mrs. McKee said of her mother. "She could always see on the other side. We see trouble and say it's a mountain to climb. My mother would always see the other side. It was something that we pushed over our shoulder and moved on. That's the type of person she was."

The U.S. Treasury Department in Washington thought highly of Mrs. Robertson, too, bestowing several awards for "saving their money" before she retired from the Treasury's bookkeeping and warrant division after 28 years in 1963, Mrs. McKee said.

Mrs. Robertson was born in Baltimore on Sept. 6, 1901, grew up in the city and landed her first job as a teen-age clerical worker for Crown Cork & Seal Co. She later lived in Catonsville for 45 years with her husband, James Alexis Robertson, a traveling salesman of men's clothing who died in 1970.

Services were Friday.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Robertson is survived by two grandsons; and four great-granddaughters.

Pub Date: 3/24/97

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