Everyone knew her top priority: for Mary, family was number one. No one could ever figure out where she got her boundless energy, but she was always a mom in motion: up at 4:30 every morning with the coffee on. She cooked everything from Middle Eastern dishes to hamburgers and even took care of all the worrying. And her caring nature certainly didn’t end with family: Lucky were those who received her care as a nurse. If her T.V. was on she’d be checking out a little Jeopardy. And, when she had some free time, she’d head out on a cruise, seeing everywhere from the Islands to Europe. But she really found her calling as a grandmother: if Mary wasn’t shopping for them, she’d be hauling them off to Chucky Cheese, out to the park or off to the library.
A handsome guy would see the pretty Mary cutting hair in a salon in Jordan. The late Fouad knew she was the one and asked for her hand in marriage. They’d move to America. Their union was blessed by three children: Sandra Smith, Joann and Michael. When her children married, Mary refused to have in-laws preferring instead to pick up another son and daughter, Reem and Lamar; she loved them like her own. Mary is survived by her grandchildren, Breyana Smith, Lamar Smith Jr. (L.J.), Kayla Smith and Tiana Mikhail; her brothers, Ibrahim Lad’a and Issa Lad’a; and sisters, Alice Lad’a and Samira Lad’a.
Come celebrate 73 great years, Tuesday, April 30 from 9:30 to 10:30 at St. George Orthodox Church, 8210 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby PA, where Mass will be celebrated at 10:30. Interment will be in Lake Park Cemetery, Swedesboro.