Smith, Margaret H.
Margaret H. Smith was born Dec. 25, 1910 at Port Hueneme, Calif., to William and Alice Hoving. In 1928 Margaret married Walter James Smith. They had two sons, Walter James, Jr., and Morris Ryan, deceased.
Margaret (Smitty) was executive housekeeper at the Motion Picture Country Hospital in Calabasas, Calif. for 25 years when she retired and the couple moved to Frazier Park, Calif. Upon Walter Sr.’s demise, Margaret moved north to Penn Valley and built a home on ranchland where she lived in the outdoors she loved and where she entertained multiple family members and descendants who knew her as “Aunty Sis” or “Nana.”
She leaves her daughters-in-law Goldie in Truckee and Sandra in Sparks, Nev. Her six grandchildren and spouses include Janice and Drew LaVigne of Idaho; Keith and Kori Smith, John and Cheryl Smith, Craig and Barbara Smith, Stephen Smith and friend, Mary Riggs, all of Truckee; and Chuck and Manuela Scullion-Smith of Santa Rosa.
Nana enjoyed the company of seven great-granddaughters growing up: Jennipher Christensen, Fawn Brickman, Gabrielle Smith, Ericia Chiotti, Jessica Rutkowski, Manuela Robinson and Simone Wallstrom.
Margaret also leaves 10 great, great grandchildren: Max and Sam Christensen; Eticia and Keite Brickman; Dominic and Jason Chiotti; Keaton and newborn Ryder Rutkowski; and Johnathan and Justin Robinson.
The Smiths’ matriarch, Margaret’s final days were spent in the loving care and arms of her beloved nephew Raymond and wife Charlyn Hoving at their home in Salinas, where she expired Dec. 28, 2006 following her 96th birthday on Christmas. She will be interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Chatsworth, Calif., near her husband and many family members with a small graveside service for extended family attending.
A memorial will be held at a later date in Grass Valley for traveling convenience of her many friends and family across the country.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that remembrances would be sent to Heartland Hospice Services, 2511 Garden Road, #B200, Monterey, CA, 93940. This team did an outstanding job providing support services to the entire family.