Marguerite Peterson Smith, our beautiful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and wife to Milo Ray Smith (who snuck away peacefully so he could be there for Mom 13 days, 23 hours, and 25 minutes later on 12.22.21) passed away peacefully in her home on January 5, 2022. Marguerite & Milo were inseparable, and she joined her eternal sweetheart two weeks after he set forth to prepare the way for her. We are at peace and find comfort that they were only without each other for such a short time and they are now together in their heavenly garden holding hands.
Marguerite was born to Elwood Lynn Peterson and Lucilia Smith Peterson in Lakeside, Arizona. Marguerite had nine brothers and sisters who she loved very much. She was the first daughter to join her two brothers Elwood and Dwain, after her birth came Loretta (Shumway), Lorna (Estes), Clara (McNeil), Dono, Garnet (Jones), Bobby Lynn (Packer) and Helen (Bair). Oh, how she loved each one of her siblings and loved getting together with them and playing games. She was a champion “Oh Heck” player and played up until just a few days before she left us. In her final days Oh Heck and Oro Blanco Grapefruit cheered her up. We said when she doesn’t want to eat grapefruit, we know she is leaving us soon, her last meal was grapefruit.
Marguerite spent her toddler years in Lakeside then Provo, Utah while her Dad attended BYU then back to Lakeside. She moved to Snowflake right before first grade. She attended all her schooling in Snowflake. In High School she loved English, Drama classes & Home Ec. She was FHA President and in the Honor Society. During football season she was a twirler in the marching band. Her highlight of High School was the Senior play “Little Women” where she was chosen to play Beth.
After High School she worked in Holbrook at the bank then moved to a bank in Taylor. Marguerite attended three years of college at BYU majoring in Elementary Education. In her summers home from college she worked for Dr. Ericksen at his dentist office in Snowflake. The summer before going to BYU she met and started dating Milo, but they never dated while at BYU until her third year in January of 57’. They got engaged later and she married the love of her life on July 12, 1957 in the Mesa Arizona Temple.
Marguerite & Milo spent the first part of their married life in Show Low, Tempe and Gila Bend, and finally settled in Snowflake in 1973. Marguerite had some health issues and was unable to have children of her own, but she and Milo were blessed with five adopted children who they knew were meant to come to their family. They also welcomed many foster children into their home.
Marguerite was fortunate enough to stay at home and be a wife and mother. Her most prized possession was her family where she served them with a smile. Marguerite was excellent in the kitchen from hot breakfast each morning to a good home cooked meal with dessert at night. Her children were lucky enough to walk home from school and have a nice lunch as well. She loved spending time in the garden next to her husband and could bottle anything and everything. She found time to perform with the Liberty Bell’s and served many years on the Silver Creek Performing Arts committee.
Marguerite was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and had many callings throughout her life, but her favorite was a Beehive adviser in the Young Women’s. In 1993 she served a mission with her husband to the Aba, Nigeria mission and worked in the mission office and later upon returning home served over 14 years as the office couple in the Snowflake Arizona Temple.
Marguerite is survived by her son David (Monica) of Taylor, Sandy Seino of Queen Creek, Suzanne Curtis (Brett) of Brigham City, Utah, and Scott (Bethann) of Mesa, 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and five remaining siblings and many in-laws who she loved just as much. She is preceded in death by her eternal companion Milo and her daughter LaDawn and numerous family members.
A graveside service will be held on Friday January 14th, at 11:00 AM at the R.V. Mike Ramsay Memorial Cemetery in Snowflake. Memorial services for Marguerite and Milo will be announced later.
“This is Marguerite…I Love You”
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