1915 ~ 2003
Margaret Lavon Smith, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, returned home on her eighty-eighth birthday, September 4, 2003.
She died at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Margaret was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 4, 1915, to Henry Julius Hansen and Alvera Larsen. She married Donald E. Smith on March 28, 1936, in Los Angeles, California. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George Temple. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Margaret was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before moving to Provo in 1978, Margaret lived in Palos Verdes, California, where she served as both ward and stake Relief Society president. Upon moving to Utah, Margaret became a member of Utah California Women, serving as a board member and president. For the past 25 years she has been a primary teacher and loved the children whom she served.
She was very caring and compassionate, always thinking of the needs of other people. As a child, she developed a love for reading and learning that never left her. She never failed to complete the newspaper crossword puzzle on a daily basis, and was confident enough to do it in ink. She kept every aspect of her life extremely organized. Celebrating holidays and birthdays was very important to her, and her personalized Christmas gifts were always ready months in advance. She enjoyed spending time with her family, particularly during summer vacations in Lake Tahoe, California.
Margaret is survived by her children Sherrol Waikart (John) of Forest Grove, Oregon, Phillip (Cindy) of Rohnert Park, CA, and Greg (Becky) of Orem. To her 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, she has been a dedicated and loving "Gammi," "Grandma," and "Mama."
The family would like to express their gratitude to the caring staff at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, and to the many friends, neighbors and primary children who have expressed their concern through cards and phone calls.
In accordance with her wishes, a graveside service will be held on Monday, September 8, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. at the Orem City Cemetery, 1500 North 800 East. Following the service, there will be an open house held at 3003 Navajo Lane in Provo. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Primary Children's Hospital would be appreciated.