Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Ann “Jonesy” Smith, 91 year old Buffalo woman who passed away Saturday afternoon at the Amie Holt Care Center, will be celebrated on Saturday, May 31st at 10:00 a.m. from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Buffalo with Father Pete Johnson as Celebrant. A Vigil service and time of sharing will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30th at the Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00p.m and 8:00 until 9:00p.m. Interment will be in the Willow Grove Cemetery in Buffalo, Wyoming with graveside services to follow the Mass. Donations in Jonesy’s memory may be made to the Susie Bowling Lawrence Hospice or The St. Francis Animal Shelter in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Mary Ann Smith—better known as Jonesy-- was born October 4, 1922, in Newark, NJ to Dr. and Mrs. Edgar Ill. Jonesy passed away peacefully Sunday, May 25, in Buffalo, Wyoming. She was the youngest of three children.
Jonesy attended schools in Newark. She graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT. While growing up on the East Coast, Jonesy first developed her love for dogs, horses and boats. She lived life with several dogs, including a succession of Dachshund’s named Kos Moodle, and ended with a blue heeler named Rosie.
Lion hunting in Coconino Mountains, sport fishing in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and bird hunting were just a few of her adventures. Summers spent in Bay Head sailing and swimming and boating on the Edjumar led to many stories through the years.
Like many young riders, she began with a pony, but it wasn’t long before she formed a team with a Thoroughbred mare named AmberKiss. This pair won many jumping competitions and qualified to compete in Madison Square Garden. AmberKiss came with Jonesy when she began her life in Wyoming and was the first of many fine horses Jonesy rode and trained.
Jonesy met Tud Smith at a dude ranch near Pass Creek. When she wrote her mother that she had fallen in love with a cowboy, her mother immediately sent her a telegram instructing her to get on the next train back to New Jersey!
Jonesy not only fell in love with Tud, she also fell in love with the West and Buffalo, WY, in particular. She and Tud lived and worked on their ranch on French Creek until he passed away in February 1970. Jonesy continued to live at the ranch until shortly before her death.
They raised five children there: Jeni (Phil Nowak-deceased), Edgar (Tina), Toy (Addie), Mary (Nolan Perry), and Julie (J.P. Francis). Jonesy is also survived by grandchildren John and Patrick Nowak, Laura and Neil Smith, Betsy and Dodie Smith and Rusty and Bill Perry. She is survived by great-grandchildren Chelsie Moncecchi, Haley Patterson, Brock and Abbie Rigby, Jack and Gunnar Reese, Clara and Hadley Smith, Theodore Perry, and Bronco McBroom. Jonesy continued her love of horses, horse sports, and boating. Her family cherishes many fond memories of roping’s, polo, and rodeos-especially the Johnson County Fair, and boating on Lake DeSmet.
Jonesy truly enjoyed people. She was always willing to share her love and knowledge of horses and riding with young horse lovers. She was a founding member of the “Crazy Ladies” and greatly enjoyed practical jokes and sign painting. Lunches with friends were always accompanied by love, laughter, stories, and the occasional heated political discussion. Even going to the grocery store meant visiting with many friends. She was a faithful member of the Catholic Church.
Her family would like to thank everyone who enriched her life.