Mary Jo Smith


Mary Jo Smith
Mary Jo Smith

Mary Jo Smith, 82, of Amarillo, TX passed away on January 9, 2022.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, January 13, 2022, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Chris Robeson officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Mary Jo was born in Haskell, OK on February 12, 1939, to Opal and Tolbert Roberson. She graduated from Haskell High School in 1957 and Northeastern State University in 1961.

Mary Jo taught in the Amarillo and Canyon school districts for 39 years.

Survivors include her husband, James Allen “Jim” Smith, of the home; son, Derek Smith and wife Shelly, of Amarillo, TX; daughter, Nikki Robeson and husband Chris, of Longview, TX; eight grandchildren, Mackenzie, Mason, Carson, Micayla, Kaitlyn, Reese, Payton, and Ashlyn; three great-grandchildren, Merrick, Landrie, and Kennedy.

14 Replies to “Mary Jo Smith”

  1. Mary Jo was a delight. She was direct and always made me laugh. She made such an impact on the world through her impact on students. She will be
    Missed by so many and in so many . Sending thoughts, prayers and sincere sympathy.

  2. You were one of the first teachers when we opened Valleyview Jr. High and so welcoming. And so much fun. Always sharing a laugh! Keep them on their toes, Mary Jo.

  3. Mary Jo, I will never forget all the fun times we had at Valleyview Jr. High- from the snake experience you found under papers on your podium to the paddling I witnessed out in the halls where you hit your foot instead of the child but you made sure that child did not go in smiling afterwards or they would have to deal with the “”REAL PADDLING”! We also had great memorable trips. I will miss your smile and quick wit and that twinkle in your eyes! I love you, Mary Jo!

  4. Our hearts are sad but heaven is rejoicing sending prayers for comfort. Love to the family.
    Charles and Louise Hedrick

  5. Mama Smith was a true blessing to so many. She was a second mother to so many of us for over 40 years. Thank you Mama Smith for sharing yourself with us. We love you.

  6. Mary Jo always had a kind and encouraging word when life was difficult. She was a light in the darkness wherever she went! You are missed and Heaven is richer because of you!

  7. Such a dear and precious friend…I will miss our Coffee times! She had so much spunk! I can only imagine what she was like in the classroom! She was obviously well loved by her students!
    We loved talking about our kids and grandkids, she was so proud of each and everyone of you!! How many lunches did she serve to her grandkids and their friends? Seemed like she always had them over and she loved it!! She had such an impact on so many lives!!
    You will be missed Mary Jo!

  8. Such a great lady. You will be missed by many. Love you Mary Jo Smith.
    Jim, Derek and Nikki…you are all in my thoughts and prayers

  9. How we already miss her laugh, phone calls , and texts. We never had a quick conversation. She always had all the time in the world for us. Loved her so much. We are thinking and praying for you all.

  10. Took me under her wing when I started 5th grade at Gene Howe. She treated me kindness and love. She definitely made an impact on me. You are missed!

  11. You were always such a good neighbor, teacher and as I grew older friend. You will be missed but I know heaven is just even brighter with your presence, My heartfelt sympathies and prayers are with you Jim, Derrick, Nikki and your family.

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