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Catalog Number 13084-41
Title Earrings, Blue Lapis
Object Name Earring
Description Lapis earrings that consist of two roughly square stones, inlaid in silver. The stones are joined together some that one is directly above the other. The earrings have simple straight posts with friction clutches.
Date 2000s
Year Range from 2000
Year Range to 2009
Material lapis, silver?
Used USA: Nebraska (Lancaster), Lincoln
Height (in) 0.75
Width (in) 25
People Smith, Mary Ann
History Earrings worn by Mary Ann Smith.

Mary Ann Hertel Smith (1944-2009) was born in Minneapolis but lived most of her youth in Burlington, Iowa. She attended Burlington Community College (now Southeastern Iowa Community College) and the University of Iowa, where she majored in Occupational Therapy.

Mary Ann worked in a variety of professional positions from staff occupational therapist to a trainer of staff professionals who provide care for seniors and other occupying assisted living facilities, to home heath provider. At the time of her death, in 2009, she was a home health occupational therapist for Gentiva Health Services in Lincoln.

Mary Ann married Michael J. Smith in 1970 and the couple had one daughter, Mary Jessica. The Smiths lived in Nashville, TN, Michigan, Iowa, New York and Massachusetts. In 2006, they came to Lincoln when Mike became Director and CEO of the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Mary Ann passed away on July 23, 2009 as a result of Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) a rare blood disorder she battled for 35 years. She is buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Burlington, Iowa.
Collection Smith, Michael J.
Relation Show Related Records...
Notes on Related Objects 13084-37 to -41 were worn together.