Mary Ross Smith
Author/Speaker

Bio of Mary Ross Smith

Mary Ross Smith is an author, speaker, and insurance agent. She was born in Shreveport, LA. She is the youngest of five children. Her family moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1947. Her mother was the founder of a prominent African-American mortuary in California. She spent her youth playing and working in the funeral business.

In 1964, as a new parent, Mary decided to leave the funeral industry. She took a position with a local bank as a general ledger bookkeeper. Seeking a more challenging career, she began working for a large corporation in production control, where she was employed for ten years.

Mary felt that she needed more fulfillments for her life and decided to become an entrepreneur. She determined that a career as a life insurance agent would give her the challenge and freedom she desired. Life Insurance sales proved to be the right niche for her. She enjoyed helping people plan for their future and protect their loved ones.

In 2003, she attended the Maui’s Writers Conference and in 2004, her first book, Soul Survivor, was published through AuthorHouse.

She also attended the Los Angeles Book Expo in 2004.

In 2006 and 2007, she spoke at the Black Expo in Phoenix, AZ.

She attended the Natchez, MS Literary Conference in 2008, and did a book signing at a local bookstore.

She has had numerous radio interviews including Tony Brown KAYT 88.1 in Alexandria, LA.

2013 ABC “Carrying the Message
She is a frequent visitor at Book Clubs, and guest speaker.

Her travels have taken her to Chicago, Mississippi, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.

Mary has one adult son and two grandsons. She lives in Phoenix, AZ with her husband Verne W. Smith who is an Insurance professional.
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