The funeral for Margie Smith was held on Friday, May 4, at the First Lutheran Church of Britton. Rev. Terrill Sorensen officiated and interment was in the Britton Cemetery.

Margie passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018, at Avera-Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls at the age of 77.

Marjorie Marie Price was born on January 16, 1941, at Britton to Carrol Harvey and Helen Mae (Johnson) Price. As a youngster, she grew up on the family farm and attended rural Marshall County schools through the fifth grade. She completed her education in Britton, graduating from Britton High School in 1959.

On September 19, 1960, she was united in marriage with John L. “Jack” Smith. They made their home on a farm six miles east of Britton until 1970, when they moved to their current place just one mile to the west. Jack passed away on July 16, 1985, and Margie continued to live on the farm.

In the early 1970’s, Margie began working as a cook for the Britton School District. She remained there until 1985 when she became the cook for the Britton Senior Nutrition Program. In addition to cooking for them, she also cooked some weekends at Wheatcrest Hills in Britton. She retired from the Senior Nutrition Program in 2008 and from cooking at the nursing home a couple of years ago.

Margie was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Britton and had been active in the ladies organization. She was an avid reader, enjoyed doing jig-saw puzzles, and liked working in her flower garden. Her life on the farm brought her many pleasures—taking a walk in the pasture while pushing her daughter in her stroller; riding in the combine with grandson Kaleb; hearing the first meadowlark each spring; watching life evolve on the farm with its livestock, crops, and family; and sitting on the front porch on a summer evening, cherishing the memories that were made.

Margie also loved to socialize. In her younger years, she never missed a “Britton Buck Days.” Every Thursday, she shared the experience with her sisters, Caroline and Lois. They would wait for the drawing at Gerken Upholstery and then go to Lois’ house for coffee. The ladies also enjoyed car rides together. One would think that with all the cooking Margie did for a living, she would be glad to take a day off from the duty. That was not the case. She loved cooking for her family, making sure that each one had something special that was their favorite. Her grandchildren were certainly a source of delight, and she loved keeping up with what each of them was doing.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, David (Dawn) Smith and Tami (Gary) Freeman, all of Britton; five grandchildren, Becky (Aaron) Wade, Jackie (Evan Robinson) Smith, Alex Smith, Logan Smith, and Kaleb Freeman; a sister, Caroline Christianson of Britton; two brothers, Steven (Marlene) Price of Langford and Delvin (Brenda) Price of Sturgis, SD; a brother-in-law, Clayton (Bonnie) Gerken; and a number of nieces, nephews, and their families.

Waiting to welcome her on the other side are her parents; her step-father, Orvin Lien; her husband; her sister, Lois Gerken; and a brother-in-law, Duane Christianson.

Condolences may be directed to the family in care of David Smith, 1103 7th St., Britton, SD 57430, or Tami Freeman, 11004 428th Ave., Britton, SD 57430.

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Marshall County Journal

PO Box 69, Britton, SD 57430
Phone: (605) 448-2281
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