Jody Garrard Smith

Born in Birmingham, AL on July 11, 1931

Departed on December 6, 2021 and resided in Atlanta, GA

JoBeth “Jody” Garrard Smith, of Atlanta, passed away in her home at St. Anne’s Terrace on December 6, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Henry C. Smith, and is survived by their children, Vicky Halsey (Jim), Laurie Osborne (Steve) and Eric Smith (Kassandra), her grandchildren Audrey Mearhoff (Dan), Chris Harden, Daniel Parks, Ryan Parks, Garrett Smith, and Caitlyn Gendusa (Vince), step-grandchildren Beth (Joe Weisenberger) and Laura Halsey, David (Emily) and Steven Osborne, Alexandria and Townshend Phelps, her great grandchildren Lucas Henry and Theresa Jo Mearhoff and her great step-grandchildren Rose, Jane, and Hayden.

Jody was born on July 11, 1931, in Birmingham, AL to Walter M. Garrard and JoBeth Garrard (Apperson) and grew up in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. Jody graduated from Washington Seminary (currently The Westminster School) in 1949, attended Pine Manor Jr. College, and then graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1954. She was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. Upon graduation she began a career as a landscape architect that spanned four decades. Jody met the love of her life, Henry Smith, on a blind date in December of 1956. They were married on April 5, 1958. In 1963 they built a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright style home on cliffs overlooking Little Nancy Creek in Vinings, GA, where they raised their three children. Jody was very active with her church, volunteering and singing in the choir at St. Anne’s Episcopal. She was also active in her community with Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, the Vinings Civic Club, the Atlanta Garden Club, and Cobb County Soil Conservation. Her favorite activities included jogging with Henry, gardening, travel, crafts projects, and deck time with family.

A service celebrating Jody's life will be at St Anne's Episcopal Church in Atlanta on January 8, 2022, at 2:00 pm.

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  1. Kassandra Smith December 10, 2021 at 10:53 am - Reply

    I am fortunate to have known Jody. I admired her independence and fortitude. She was a kind a gracious person who adored her family. She will be missed!

  2. lisa haughey December 10, 2021 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    How lucky am I to have known this beautiful lady. She always had a story to tell and they usually involved her love, Henry. My love, energy and prayers to this family

  3. Elizabeth Anne Garrard December 10, 2021 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Cousin Jody was a sweet and kind role model! I was so tickled to be her Facebook friend over the past few years and enjoyed hearing her tales of our family! She will be missed!

  4. TONY LAZZARO December 10, 2021 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    I have known the Smiths since 72 and with Jody passing Vinings is losing one of its dynamic citizens.

  5. Eric Smith December 14, 2021 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Love you and miss you Mom!

  6. Steve O January 4, 2022 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    I will always remember Jody as a beautiful and caring person with so much energy ,along with her quick witted comments .
    Henry and Jody like so many of our parents who have passed ,leave behind a better world through the values they taught . They are part of an amazing generation !!
    I am so glad I got to share a few “moments “with them !
    Love ❤️

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