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Smith, Mary Jo

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May 30, 1953 - February 2, 2018

Smith, Mary Jo

Mary Jo Smith of Forney, Texas, beloved mother, grandmother and sister, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the age of 64. She was surrounded with love by her daughters at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Mary Jo was born on May 30, 1953 in Rockford, Illinois to the late Vincent and Antoinette Gucciardo. She is survived by her daughters Lori Preskitt (and husband, Jud) of Forney, Texas, Dawn Bradney (and husband, Josh) of Argyle, Texas; her treasured grandchildren Devin, Judson, Maddox and Kane, and her sister Arlene Gucciardo.

Mary Jo’s family meant everything to her. She cared deeply about her daughters, and loved her grandchildren beyond measure. Mary Jo’s family would not have been complete without her rescue dogs. She was a great lover of animals, and a dedicated supporter of Dog Ranch Rescue. In addition to her devotion to rescuing animals, Mary Jo was committed to her career as an Accounts Payable Manager with Builders First Source. She put enormous care and personal attention into her work, and was a valued member of her team. Mary Jo will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Dog Ranch Rescue ( in Mary Jo’s memory.


A memorial luncheon celebrating her life with family and close friends will be held on Saturday March 3, 2018 from 12-3 pm at Maggiano’s North Park (205 N Park Center, Dallas, TX 75225). RSVPs to Dawn Bradney are appreciated – 214-235-4065 or by email at [email protected].


 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” John 14: 1-4

Arrangements are under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

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Kathy Olivotti

May 15, 2018 9:43PM

Mary Jo,
It took me a while to write this. Grieving your loss has been so hard. We were sister in laws and best friends for 45 yrs. I loved you more than you’ll ever know. So many good times together. Memories that will stay with me for a lifetime. I can’t believe your gone. I still have our last text. I love you with all my heart and I can’t wait to see you on the other side. I’ll be thinking of you on your birthday May 30th.
Love you forever, Kathy

Jeannine Worner

February 18, 2018 5:34PM

My heart goes out to you in the sudden passing of my cousin. I have wonderful memories of our family gatherings in Rockford. I know she will be missed and was greatly loved. Take care, you are in my prayers. LoveMARS

Rose Redmond

February 09, 2018 10:59PM

My heart goes out to you Dawn and your family. I have been there not too long ago and you never forget yes it might get easier everyday but it never goes away, remember her accomplishments remember the memories because that is what will get you through and remember that they would not want us to be sad they would want us to celebrate every single day that they are not here with us. They would want us to be celebrating their life just remember that and you will be able to get through it.
God bless you and your family in my heart goes out to you honey!

Patti Moore

February 09, 2018 6:13PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
There are no words to say what a loss I feel . Mary Jo was more like a sister to me than a friend I will miss her.

Janey Freeman

February 09, 2018 3:31PM

My forever friend. So many great memories and I will always smile when I think of you. I will miss our talks and text. Our planning our next get tother. I’ll miss you so much. I already miss you but you will always be in my heart and you will always be my forever friend. Rest In Peace my sweet lady.

Valerie Kelly

February 09, 2018 2:38PM

Dawn,sending my love and condolences to you and your family. Thinking of you. Valerie

Susan Skarda

February 09, 2018 2:08PM

Here at Builders FirstSource we are greatly saddened by the loss of Mary Jo. She was a smiling and friendly face to all who met her and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family and friends.


February 09, 2018 8:27AM

Mary Jo you have left too soon. I will always treasure our years of growing up in an Italian home with plenty of love. You will always have a special place in my heart forever. I love you! Now you are with our parents and grandparents and family members. May you rest in peace.