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Margaret Marie Smith

October 26, 2009

With great sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved aunt, Margaret Marie Smith, who left us to join family members in Heaven.

She grew up and lived in Ashley for most of her life. Margaret spent her working years in local shoe factories, most notably Central Slipper, where she was affectionately called “Midge” due to her diminutive size.

After moving to the B’nai B’rith apartments at age 79, she celebrated her 80th birthday with a big party given by her nieces, which was her very first birthday party. Every weekday she would walk to Boscov’s and the senior center with her best friend, Pearl. She was still a faithful member of Ashley Centenary Methodist Church, which she had attended since childhood.

Her health worsened several years ago and she took residence at the Little Flower Manor. There were fewer picnics and visits to favorite restaurants because of her fragile health, but she retained her stubborn and feisty streak. She developed a fondness for bingo and made many new friends. Aunt Peggy was a kind, sweet and caring person who lived by her Christian faith and called everyone she met “her friend.”

She was eagerly anticipating the parade of children for Halloween and helping plan her upcoming 90th birthday party when she was stricken with shingles, a debilitating disease caused by the chicken pox virus. After a short hospital stay, she returned to Little Flower Manor and received hospice care until her death on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009. Aunt Peggy is survived by several generations of nieces and nephews.

McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top, is handling arrangements. A viewing will be held on Friday, Oct. 30, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Little Flower Manor, 200 S. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., after which a short Christian service will be officiated by Rev. George Krapp of the Laurel Run P.M. Church, with several of Aunt Peggy’s favorite hymns sung by Pastor Harriet Santos, retired. Interment will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Her nieces, Marty Warner and Cassandra Warner Gubas, extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Little Flower Manor, especially the 4th-floor staff for the care, compassion and affection shown to our aunt during her residence there. Our thanks also extend to the staff of Hospice Community Care for helping make her final days comfortable.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Little Flower Manor.

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