Marjorie M. Smith, 86, medical records director

January 12, 2003

Marjorie M. Smith, retired director of Union Memorial Hospital's medical records department, died of pneumonia Monday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was 86 and a lifelong Sparks resident.

Born Marjorie Miller in Baltimore and raised in Sparks, she attended the Yeoho Road School, a one-room schoolhouse. After graduating from Sparks High School, she attended the State Normal School, now Towson University.

She was married in 1935 to Billy F. Smith, a manager with C.E. Briddell Co., a Baltimore manufacturer of upholstery and drapery fabrics. Mr. Smith died in 1989.

During World War II, she worked at Black & Decker Corp. and managed her family's 170-acre farm with its brick farmhouse that dated to 1856.

In 1960, Mrs. Smith went to work in the medical records department of Union Memorial, eventually becoming department director. She retired in 1981.

Mrs. Smith and her husband grew much of their food on the family farm and raised animals as 4-H projects, family members said.

An excellent cook who enjoyed preparing Maryland dishes, Mrs. Smith was known for her black walnut cake. Another favorite recipe of family and friends was the padded oysters she prepared for church suppers at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Parkton, where she was a member.

In addition to cooking and entertaining at large family gatherings, Mrs. Smith enjoyed crocheting and traveling.

Services were held yesterday at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, David R. Smith of Sparks; four daughters, Barbara L. "Bobbi" Franklin and Martha Anne Wingeart, both of Sparks, Mary Alice Hoshall of Mount Joy, Pa., and Elizabeth J.S. Giustina of Hampstead; three sisters, Doris M. Otto of Williamsport, Pa., Jean M. MacMaster of Cockeysville and Mary M. Courtney of Manchester; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

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