Margaret Ellen Smith | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

October 16, 1926 - November 12, 2020


Margaret Ellen. "Peggy" Smith, age 94 of Richfield, MN where she resided for 62 years. Surrounded by her children and holding her hands the last days. Margaret passed away at her bedtime after hearing "Mom, you’re going to heaven!” Margaret passed on Thursday, November 12th, She is survived by children Dewey (Debra); William (Lynn); Mary (Thomas) Sapp; Peggy (Dave) Peterson; Roy (Kari); Walter (Leslie); Sister, Mary Jane Hall -Portland Oregon, Nephew, Steve Armstrong- Indiana; grandchildren, Darcie (Nick) Cline, Lee Smith and Rachel (Ben) Pierce, Matthew (Jennifer) Smith, Jennifer (Brian) Podany and Lisa (Trevor) Nolte; Matthew, Jeremy, Brandon, Jordon & Peter Burch, Thomas (Sophia), Johnathan (Karissa) & William Sapp; Daniel & Autumn Peterson; Alison (Josh) Lohmann and Grace Smith; Spencer & Shelby Smith & Alex (Amber) Glattly; great-grandchildren, Courtney, Riley, Preston, Bryson, Annabel, Olivia, Parker, Corbin, Kayana, Luella, Finnegan, Isla Ellen, Christian Lee and Smith Steven. Preceded in death by her husband Lee Roy Smith, and her parents John William and Mary Grace (nee, Meissner), brother John Herald (Mary Louise) sister in law, sister Ruth Margorie (Eugene) brother in law Armstrong, Walter L. Hall (brother-in-law); daughter in law, Kathleen Smith.

She was born in New Philadelphia, Ohio at Hilltop Farm on October 16th, 1926. Her childhood was spent milking cows every morning and practicing piano before school. Crops were harvested and canned each season. The Good Lord and family were central in her life. After graduating from New Philly High, she stayed in Tuscarawas county and worked as a key-punch operator. While spending free time with her many friends in the Dover-New Philly area, she met the love of her life when her brother John brought Lee Roy Smith of Maud Oklahoma home with him on Navy furlough. Margaret and Lee were married in 1948 and renewed their vows 70 years later at Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel. Margaret and Lee loved to travel together. First making annual trips with their young family all piled into their Ford F150 to Ohio and Oklahoma each summer to their beloved. If Mom was not holding a child, she was holding the maps to get us there in a timely manner. Their annual USS Nitro Navy reunions held a special bond with the friendships they grew. She set foot in 49 states! Margaret also enjoyed immensely her trip to Germany with her sister Mary Jane. Margaret will be greatly missed by those she touched in her second career as a caregiver at Wooddale Church and US Swim & Fitness with the children. Always quick to pitch in to help with any child and especially her grandchildren. She will be missed by Hallmark cards! She had an incredible ability of never missing a birthday or any other special event and the arrival of her personally written cards were always looked forward to and appreciated by her large family. Margaret was very proud of her upbringing and relationship with her husband and extended family. She placed Faith and Family above all! We will miss your smile and hugs! She has a special place in heaven and in our hearts! Love you Mom, sister, Grandma and GG forever and ever! God please welcome her!

Zoom Link to Margaret’s Visitation.

Memorials preferred to Wooddale Church pre-school, Loaves of Fishes, VA veterans, or Fort Snelling Chapel.



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