Mary Lee Stallsmith (nee Davis), died Monday, September 23, 2013. Her three great loves were her faith, her family, and music. These loves will continue throughout eternity. Her faith has carried her home, where she is in God's presence. Her family was strengthened and enriched by her life and already misses her. She is now singing in the greatest (heavenly) choir of all.
She was married for over 52 years to the late Frank E. Stallsmith, who predeceased her in 2004. They shared a mutual delight in FUN and adventure. They were inseparable and celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a cruise on the QE II. They shared a love of architecture, design, history and travel. In addition to his day job (architect) Frank was a pilot, and later a sailor. They took many unforgettable trips together, often with their children.
After graduating from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, she and Frank moved to New York City. While there she worked for Herman Miller, a renowned furniture manufacturer. She sang extensively in the East and Midwest. She had fun singing in musicals at La Comedia Dinner Theater or performing in summer stock in Cohasset, Massachusetts. She sang serious music too: oratorios, operas, and recitals.
They moved back to Ohio to raise 5 children who also like to have fun: David (Chris) Stallsmith, Lorraine (Richard) Martin, Joanie (Michael) Torok, Susan, and Eileen Stallsmith She has 8 grandchildren: Jonathan and Daniel Stallsmith; Robert, Joy, Lily, and John Martin; Benjamin and Samuel Torok. She was the devoted sister of Stephen Davis, Charlotte Burchell, and the late Kenneth Davis, and sister-in-law of Jackie and Brenda Davis.
While raising her family, she sang throughout the Cincinnati area: with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, again in musicals, dinner theaters, and as a soloist in both churches and synagogues. She served as musical director at St. James of the Valley Church. She also taught voice for over 35 years with stints at Finneytown High School, Princeton High School, Northern Kentucky University, and private students. Thousands of her students have enriched the lives of countless others.
Friends may call at the St. James of the Valley Church, 411 Springfield Pike, Wyoming, on Saturday, September 28th from 9:00 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00. The family will greet friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the Mass, A procession to Spring Grove Cemetery will begin at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the St. James of the Valley Church or the American Heart Association.
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