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Margaret Smith

March 23, 1923 — December 17, 2010

Margaret D. Smith, 87 of Fargo, North Dakota, formerly of Ottertail Lake, Minnesota, passed away at her home December 17, 2010. The funeral will be Wednesday December 22, 2010 at 11:00am at St. Anthony's of Padua Catholic Church – Fargo, North Dakota. Her visitation will be Tuesday December 21, 2010 from 5-7 pm with a family led rosary at 6:30pm followed by a 7:00pm prayer service all at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Interment will be at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Breckenridge, Minnesota. Pallbearers will be Jeff Jones, John B. Jones, Michael P. Jones, Conor H.M. Smith, Michael Casey Jones, and Jason Toth.

"Marvelous" Margaret Delores (Jones) Smith was born in Fargo, North Dakota on March 23, 1923 to Mae (Grimes) and J.B. Jones. She was the middle of five children. She was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. Anthony's of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo, ND. Margaret attended St. Anthony's grade school, Fargo Central and North Dakota State Agricultural College (now NDSU). She worked in Washington, D.C. during World War II, as well as for Pillsbury in Minneapolis, later in Fargo for International Harvester and the Veterans Administration. On February 19, 1955 Margaret was united in marriage to Richard M. Smith of Campbell, MN, and adopted his three children: Kevin, Marcia, and Richie. One noteworthy experience among many took place in 1969, when she had tea with the Queen of England in Buckingham Palace.
She and Richard enjoyed living in Campbell until 1977, when they moved to Ottertail Lake, MN to spend their summers. Winters were spent leisurely in Manzanillo, Mexico until 1991, and thereafter in Palm Desert, CA. In May of 2010, Margaret and Richard moved into the Waterford in Fargo where they enjoyed making new friends and renewing old acquaintances. Margaret was characterized by her ability to elicit laughter. Along with her husband she was a marvelous hostess. She always took great pride in not only her immediate but also her extended family and greatly enjoyed talking with them.
Margaret is survived by her husband Richard M. Smith of Fargo, ND, her children: Kevin (Barbara) Smith of Lake Ozark, MO; Marcia (Dean) Abernethy of Atlanta, GA; and Richie (Ann) Smith of Wahpeton, ND; her sisters-in-law Shirley (Casey) Jones; Mara (Paul) Jones; Patsy (Mickey) Jones; and Marilou (Lewis) Johnson; her grandchildren, Jonathan Smith of Phoenix, AZ, Lauren Smith of Lonetree, CO, Kevin Abernethy of Atlanta, GA, Patrick (Erin) Abernethy of Atlanta, GA, Anne Abernethy of Athens, GA, Kelly Smith of Highlands Ranch, CO, Kathleen Smith of Fargo, ND, Kierann Smith of Stanford, CA, and Conor Smith of Shanghai, China. She also had several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. Margaret was preceded by her parents John B. and Mae Jones, her sister Mary (Frank) Weskamp, her brothers John T. "Casey" Jones, Paul Jones, and Michael "Mickey" Jones. In honor of Margaret's love of bright colors, funeral attendees are urged to avoid somber dress. Also in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Margaret's memory to Hospice of the Red River Valley, 1701 38th Street S., Suite 101, Fargo, ND 58103 or to St. James Parish in Maine, MN.

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