In memory of
Mary Mahony Raht Smith
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In memory of
Mary Mahony Raht Smith
Mary Mahony Raht Smith Charleston - Mary Mahony Raht Smith passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017. Mary was born October 21, 1920, in Charleston, SC. She was the third of ten children born to the late Jack Alger Mahony and Mary Elizabeth Bahr Mahony. Mary graduated from Ashley Hall and attended the College of Charleston. In addition to her education, she obtained a pilot's license after flying lessons with Bevo Howard. In 1940, Mary married A. Graham Raht of Texas and began her life as a Navy wife. She followed Graham as his ship joined the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean, making Southern France her home base and eventually returned to Washington, DC, where Graham joined the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Graham's untimely death in 1960 brought Mary home to Charleston where she was a "Pink Lady" at Roper Hospital; worked at the Historic Charleston Foundation as Assistant to the Director; was Director of Volunteers at Roper Hospital; and managed the rebuilding of a plantation on Spring Island near Beaufort. Mary loved to travel and returned to Europe many times. It was in Portugal where she met her second husband, Traver C. Smith, then managing director of Ford in Portugal. They married in 1978. Throughout their marriage they split their time between Charleston and New Hampshire. With the opening of Bishop Gadsden, she and Traver became the very first apartment residents. Traver passed away in 2003. Mary continued her residency at Bishop Gadsden while spending summers in New Hampshire. Mary was a member of St. Michael's Church. She is survived by her sister, Sarah Mahony Rijswijk of Charleston, SC; two brothers, Robert D. Mahony of Augusta, GA and William B. Mahony of Charleston, SC. Mary is predeceased by her son, Scott Graham Raht; her sisters, Dorothy Mahony Small and Gloria Mahony Baugham; her brothers, Jack A. Mahony, Jr., Carlisle E. Mahony, John R. Mahony, and Hilliard M. Mahony. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at Bishop Gadsden on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a reception in Myers Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Confederate Home and College, 62 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at . Visit our guestbook at charleston
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