Rebecca Pauline (Polly) Austin Smith died February 8, 2018, surrounded by loved ones, after a difficult battle with Lewy Body Dementia. She had just celebrated her 75th birthday.
Polly was born January 19, 1943 at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta to Louis Edgar Austin and Mamie Atkinson Austin. Her very early years were spent in Jacksonville Beach until the death of her father in 1948. The Atkinson family had been established in Morgan County since the early 1800s, so her mother moved the family back home where Polly would grow up, with her brothers, in the Brownwood community. Polly graduated from Morgan County High School in 1961.
Polly married L. Hoyt Smith, June 19, 1964. The ceremony took place at Brownwood Baptist Church and was officiated by the groom’s father, Paul Y. Smith. The couple then spent the next two years in Baumholder, Germany where Hoyt served in the U.S.Army. After returning to Georgia, the couple had two children, Luke and Louis who now live in Morgan County with their families.
Mrs. Smith spent many years working as a Registered Dietician, supervising kitchens in hospitals and nursing homes in the area. Polly and Hoyt were active with their church families throughout their lives. She served others with her talents: cooking and crocheting, and loved to travel.
Polly stopped working in 2002 and committed the remainder of her life to loving and caring for her family, specifically her grandchildren. She will be sorely missed.
Polly was preceded in death by her parents and by, siblings, Charles Austin and Louella, Francis Bryan and Harold, Charlotte Estes and Reuben, Lois Devane and Kenneth, Calvin Austin and Barbara, Myrtle Warren and Clifford, and Paul Austin. She is survived by her husband Hoyt, her children, Luke Smith and Cindy, Louis Smith and Kristi, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a sister, Lorene Goodman, a brother, Louis Austin and Judy, and a sister-in-law Ellen Austin.
The funeral was held Tuesday, February 13 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Madison. She was interred in Brownwood Cemetery, beside her mother.