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Pearline M. Smith

May 28, 2021


Pearline Mitchell Smith, (née Jackson), age 95, passed away peacefully at her home in Silver Spring, Maryland after a brief illness. Pearline was born in Mitchellville, Maryland to her parents, James Walter Jackson and Pearl Victoria Jackson on September 9, 1925. She was the valedictorian, class of 1941, at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and continued her education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. She began her professional career at the U.S. Census Bureau where she worked until she started her family. During her lifetime, she truly lived life to the fullest, raising her seven children, sewing costumes for school plays and prom dresses for her five daughters.

Her beautiful home reflected her talent in interior design where she proudly hosted three of her daughter's weddings. She also dedicated time volunteering her services at her children's schools and to civic organizations. She enjoyed traveling and gardening. She was an avid reader, movie enthusiast, and indulged in her appreciation of Jazz and Opera.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother, James Walter Jackson, Jr., sister, Dolores Ethel Ellis, daughter, Diane Thomas-Hill, grandson, Julian Pendleton, and her former husbands, Ignatius Mitchell and James L. Smith, Esq.

Pearline leaves to cherish her loving memory her children, Kathy Mitchell Weaver (D'Orsay D. Bryant, M.D.), Eric I. Mitchell, M.D. (Carmen Hayford Mitchell), Nina Mitchell Wells, Esq. (Theodore V. Wells, Jr., Esq.), Vicki Mitchell Pendleton, J. Peter Mitchell (Patricia Robinson Mitchell), Lauren A. Smith, M.D. (James Boll); grandchildren: Dana Thomas, Kirk Thomas, Jessica Thomas, Aaron Weaver, Neil Weaver, Justin Mitchell, Marcus Mitchell, Teresa Wells, Phillip Wells, Esq., Jean Purvy, Jacob Boll, Natalie Boll, Carmen Boll, and six great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

The family of Pearline Mitchell Smith wishes to extend our sincere appreciation to the staff at the Aspenwood Senior Living Community, and Holy Cross Home Care and Hospice.

A private memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in the fall of 2021.

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The family will hold services at a later date

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