- Celebration of Life
- 3:30pm - Saturday, March 12, 2016
- Bayou Manor
- 4141 S. Braeswood (Map)
Houston, Texas 77025
Evelyn “Ebbie” Perry Smith, of Houston, passed away of natural causes on Friday, March 4, 2016. Ebbie was born April 18, 1925 to Mattie Curry Perry and Elmer Perry, M.D. in her family’s home in Fort Spring, West Virginia. She was a graduate of Longwood College. After attending Longwood, she taught Biology in rural West Virginia. She then returned to Duke University School of Medicine as a pre-med student and was in the first graduating class of Medical Lab Technicians at Duke. She met the love of her life at Duke, Harry S. Smith, M.D. and married in November 1949. Ebbie and Harry then lived in Alexandria, Virginia, Springfield, Missouri and settled in Houston in 1952 where they were to spend the rest of their lives.
Ebbie was an active member of the PTA at Poe Elementary School and later, Boulevard Oaks. She was Boulevard Oaks before there was a Boulevard Oaks. Several wonderful women remember her as their Girl Scout leader who in teaching Emergency Preparedness transformed her living room into a site of a hurricane emergency. CPR training and passing Junior Lifesaving certification was a must as she, herself, was an excellent swimmer and Lifesaver who had grown up swimming the Greenbrier River. She also ushered her sons, Stephen and Bane, through the Boy Scouts with Troop 11, of First Presbyterian Church, making sure they had the leadership skills to lead fulfilling lives.
Ebbie was also an active member of the Southern Garden Club, sharing a love of nature and flowers with these close friends, serving as President of that organization on more than one occasion; it was an integral part of her life.
In later years, she volunteered tirelessly and joyfully with the Gingersnap ladies, making and packing hundreds of thousands of gingersnaps, cheese snaps and chocolate nuggets for The Center, a nonprofit that improves the lives of adults with developmental disabilities.
Ebbie is survived by her three children: Stephen Smith of Sugarland, Bane Smith, M.D. of Dallas, and Martha Smith Bell of Houston; six grandsons: Liam Smith of Sugarland, Evan Bell of Chicago, IL, Geoffrey Bell of Washington, D.C., Ian Smith of Richardson, Harry Smith of Dallas, and Marco Guillen of Spring. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry S. Smith, M.D., her parents, Mattie and Elmer Perry, M.D. and her brothers Elmer, Frank, John, and Robert Perry.
She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She was loving, funny and a friend and guide to so many who turned to her for her humor and wisdom. As her brother Bob’s granddaughter Amanda pointed out, “Aunt Ebbie made everyone smile just by walking in the room.” She has left a legacy to us all and we are all truly blessed.
A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Friday, March 11, 2016 in the Chapel at St. Luke’s Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston. Reception to follow in the Hinds Baker room. There will also be a celebration of Ebbie’s life in the Bayou Manor Lounge on Saturday, March 12 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm with live performances by her grandsons, Liam Smith (piano) and Evan Bell (vocal jazz). Friends are invited to join the family in celebrating her life. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to The Center or The Texas Heart Institute.