Margreta  Smith
Margreta Stoner Smith, a true Southern Lady, passed away at her home in Milledgeville, Ga. on Thursday, Jan. 30. If you had the good fortune of meeting her, you were just better for it. She was the beloved wife of 62 years of William H. Smith Jr. and the daughter of the late Guy L. and Ethel Brownlee Stoner. She was born in Laurens County, South Carolina May 30, 1936, and moved with her family to Abbeville, S.C. at an early age.
She graduated from Abbeville High School in 1954 as the valedictorian of her class, the entire cotton mill closed to attend her graduation as she was the first valedictorian from the mill families. She completed her nursing degree from the S.C. Baptist School of Nursing in 1957 as the second honor student. In 1979 she earned a B.S.N. degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She retired from Central State Hospital as Director of Nursing of the medical surgical building after 32 ½ years of service. After retirement, she joined a group of Sweet Adelines in Macon, Ga. and enjoyed singing in concerts in many different venues and locations, including Austria and France.
Her love of words, family, gardening, a strong spiritual faith as a lifelong Baptist, her gracious, yet feisty, funny, and generous spirit meant she rarely met a stranger. She spoke fondly of her memories of growing up and going to school in Abbeville, S.C. and enjoyed discovering her ancestral history. She lived life out loud and fought a fierce battle against stage 4 lymphoma for five years. Always up for an adventure, she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her as she begins her next great adventure.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by sisters Shirley S. Hall, Anita S. Mosier, and her brother Command Sgt. Maj. Guy Stephen Stoner.
She is survived by her husband, William H. Smith Jr.; children, Marilyn Smith Wright and husband Dan of Eatonton, Ga. and William H. Smith III and wife JoAnna of Milledgeville; grandchildren, Ivy Lyn Page (Stephen), Jesse Wright (April), Lauren Smith, Adam Smith and Marley Spires; 3 great-grandchildren, Sayward and Patience Page, Ezra Wright; sister, Harriett S. Simpson of Abbeville, S.C. and special nephew, Chris (Laura) Simpson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, from the chapel of Moores Funeral Home with burial to follow in Baldwin Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 at the funeral home prior to the service.
Visit www.mooresfuneralhome.com to express tributes.
Moores Funeral Home & Crematory has charge of arrangements.
Published on February 3, 2020

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