Tahlequah Daily Press

February 4, 2014

Margaret May Smith


TAHLEQUAH — Margaret May “Margy” Smith, 84, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, in Tahlequah. She was born to Oswald B. and Maude Peshak Strand on April 28, 1929, in Plymouth, Iowa, the fifth of six children.

She married Harley Eugene Smith in Plymouth on Sept. 29, 1948.

Margy is survived by Harley, her husband of 65 years; and six children: Kay (Ken) Marquardt of Crevoladossola, Italy; Oswald (Regina) Smith of Kinnear, Wyo; Austin (Phyllis) Smith of McGrady, N.C.; Marilyn (Les) Cox of Tulsa; Roxie (Joe) Shirley of Bristow; and Pegi Ferrell of St. Charles, Mo.

She is also survived by 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Leroy Strand of Geyser, Mont.; and a sister, Joan Rich of Normal, Ill. S

he was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister; a sister, Dorothy Chehock; and a brother, Dean Strand.

Margy was very dear to many people both young and old.

She was a devoted helpmate to Harley and dedicated her life to rearing their six children on a farm near Plymouth, Iowa.

In 1970, the family moved to Tahlequah and  thenin 1971 to a farm near Welling.

As the children grew, Margy was able to spend more time on her hobbies of sewing, quilting, cooking and gardening.

She became an expert seamstress and creative cook, and many people benefited from her practical advice concerning foods and nutrition.

Also, her handmade greeting cards helped brighten days of many friends and family.

Her deep Christian faith was always her source of joy and encouragement, and she treasured her Norwegian and Bohemian heritage.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at First Presbyterian Church of Tahlequah.

Memorial gifts may be made to: Feed My Sheep, First United Methodist Church, 300 W. Delaware Tahlequah, OK 74464, (918) 456-6141, www.tahlequahumc.org/FeedMySheep/Donate.htm; or “Moody Bible Radio Ministry,” Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, 820 N. LaSalle Blvd. Chicago. IL 60610-3284, www.moodyglobal.org.

Final arrangements have been placed in the care of Green Country Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com.

Green Country Funeral Home, 203 S. CommercialRoad, (918) 458-5055.