It is with profound sadness we announce the death of a parish member of The Church of the Annunciation. Marianne Smith died peacefully Friday morning December 29th with her daughter Catherine Martin, and her companion Ski Skibinskiby by her side as she transitioned from this life to the next. Marianne was a gentle loving staunch spirit who loved the parish the moment she stepped foot on the property and in the church. She enjoyed being a part of the church and was very thankful of Annunciation and was proud to call ECA her church home. Marianne was a lector at our 10:30AM services and also presented her book she wrote about her experiences when she was a child in Germany, “On the Other Side” at our Lenten series a couple of years ago.
“May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.” Amen
The memorial service and committal will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Marietta, GA on Friday January 5th at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ECA Memorial Fund in her name at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 1673 Jamerson Road, Marietta, GA 30066. Marianne will be greatly missed and we are thankful for the contributions she made to the life, ministry and mission of the Church of the Annunciation.
Marianne Smith – “On the Other Side”
“A story about a young German girl, her family, and friends. The events take place in a quaint, old city in the foothills of the Taunus Mountain region near the Rhine. The story begins with the mysterious disappearance of her father suspected due to political provocation. The family’s pains, sufferings, and difficulties continue to escalate amidst the war-torn surroundings of World War Two. In the midst of increasing pressure and opposition from Nazi influence her mother, a woman who fears and loves God, finds strength to look toward a brighter future. Although on the other side of the political arena and facing its threats, dangers of war, bombings, and hunger, provisions and safety arrive at just the right time.Seeking refuge from the turmoil that beset her life, the young girl, still in her teens, draws strength from her mother’s example in order to overcome startling challenges which face her as she approaches a new era in America.”
This story is based on facts, historical events, the writer’s first-hand experiences, and recollections.
Condolences can be sent to:
Mrs. Catherine Martin (daughter)
Mr. Ski Skibinski
221 Abercorn Way
Woodstock, GA 30188
Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love. And this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Father Paul +