Mary & Jason have been married since 1996 and will be celebrating their 19th wedding anniversary this December. Jason served for 4 years in the 1st Ranger Battalion, with tours in such exotic places as Germany, Panama and Thailand. He then served 5 years in the 101st Airborne Division which included a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, followed by a tour in Iraq and was honorably discharged after nine years of dedicated service.

During Jason’s multiple and lengthy deployments, Mary remained stateside, playing the role of both mother and father to their two sons, Dustin and Logan, now 16 and 12 respectively. She took them to school and to all of their sporting events, doctor appointments, birthday parties and church functions every day, all the while performing the never ending duties that keep a busy household running smoothly, like laundry, grocery shopping, meal preparation, bill paying and the list goes on and on.

Mary & Jason now have four boys, in addition to Dustin and Logan, there is also Brandon, 9 and little Reagan, 1 ½. The two older boys, Dustin and Logan, both have Juvenile Type I diabetes, the kind that requires frequent insulin shots, which she administered day and night. Thankfully, the boys both have pumps now, which makes dispensing their medication easier and less painful. Jason said Mary gets up in the middle of the night – every night – to test the boys’ blood sugar levels. “She is the most dedicated mother,” he gushes.

Mary is also fighting her own personal battle with breast cancer. But with early detection & aggressive treatment, her prognosis is excellent. Mary doesn’t let the stresses in her life get her down. According to Jason, Mary is the most upbeat, positive person you could ever meet. “She will always ask you how you’re doing and never let on about her worries in life.” Her focus, as always, is her family, her loving husband Jason and their four wonderful boys. That’s what keeps her going.

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  1. Brad Denham says:

    Mary Staley Smith this is am amazing picture of you and the little guy. What a way to have Jason honor you for Women’s Day Arizona Thank you for allowing Jason to share your story at church and online. You deserve to be honored! Thank you so much we love you!

  2. Congratulations Mary Staley Smith!!! Your are an amazing woman, wife and mother!!!

  3. MHarding says:

    Know this beautiful lady’s mother and I know that she indeed comes from a line of nurturing, kind and honorable women. A life as beautiful as her face!

  4. tadutson says:

    Mary Staley Smith is such an amazing person. I have so enjoyed getting to know her over the last few years. She inspires me to be more thoughtful and kind by her example. She is beautiful and full of grace, a wonderful mother and wife. You so deserve to be honored!!