Mary Smith Vanderpool, 95, died peacefully March 20, 2021 at Highlands
ARH in Prestonsburg, Kentucky with family by her side.
She was born January 31, 1926, in Magoffin County, Kentucky, the
daughter of the late Ashford Smith and Ilant Bailey Smith.
As a teen, Mary moved to Michigan where she worked in a greenhouse
with her sister Luna. The young sisters worked to send money home to
Kentucky where they helped clear their father's debt.
She met and married the love of her life, Monroe Vanderpool in Lancer,
Kentucky, on February 21, 1946. Mary and Monroe lived in Hippo,
Kentucky for 44 blessed years until Monroe passed away in 1990. She
always said that what first attracted her to him was his pretty brown eyes,
and I would imagine he was equally drawn to her beautiful blue eyes.
They built a wonderful life together and a home where family was always
welcome and no matter the circumstances, always felt safe, accepted and
supported, and knew without a shadow of a doubt that they were loved.
Monroe and Mary were both shining examples of goodness, integrity and
Mary was an avid quilter, gardener, canner and-enjoyed lovingly cooking
for her family and friends. She was known by many for her spotless home
and delicious homemade apple pies. Her greatest passion was the love of
She belonged to the Philadelphia Old Regular Baptist Church in Hippo,
Kentucky, until her death. She loved listening to Bluegrass gospel music
and had the distinct pleasure of meeting Ralph Stanley later in her life.
She is survived by her loving family;
Son, Fred Vanderpool, of Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Son, Lowell (Wanda) Vanderpool, of Willard, Ohio
Son, Clyde (Teresa) Vanderpool, of Hippo, Kentucky
Daughter, Jewell (Mike) Cook, of East Bernstadt, Kentucky
Son, Carl Vanderpool, of Hueysville, Kentucky.
Kathy Vanderpool Blevins, Deb (Mike) Vanderpool Schaffer
Tom Vanderpool, Karen (Ray) Vanderpool Slone
Brandon (Tiffany) Vanderpool, Jerry (Ann) Cook
Michael (Valerie) Cook, Mary Elizabeth (Stephen) Cook
James (Emily) Vanderpool, Byron (Brooke) Vanderpool
April Vanderpool Murphy, Ashley Vanderpool
29 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren,
with 2 more great grandchildren on the way & 1 great-great
grandchild on the way.
Brother-in-law Hayes (Alta) Vanderpool of Lebanon, Ohio
Numerous nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Monroe Vanderpool,
her parents, Ashford and Ilant Bailey Smith, stepfather Jim Oney, sister
Ida (Scott) Shepherd, sister Luna (Leonard) Hicks, sister Marie (Buford)
Shepherd, brother Claude (Marge) Smith, son James Vanderpool, and
grandson Dennis Alan Vanderpool.
Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, March 22, 2020, at 11:00 in the Hall Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow in the Vanderpool Cemetery in Gunlock, Ky. Visitation will be from 6 until 9 pm Sunday, March 21, at the funeral home.
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