Marjorie Smith

A memorial service for Marjorie Austin Smith, 99, Lawrence, Kansas, will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2012  at Plymouth Congregational Church.  A private service of internment will be attended by the family.  Mrs. Smith died Friday, February 10, 2012 at Brandon Woods Senior Living Center in Lawrence.

Mrs. Smith was born December 18, 1912, in Woodstock, Illinois, the daughter of Aubert V. Austin and Harriet (Long) Austin.  She attended public schools of Woodstock and attended the Universities of Buffalo and Kansas.  She married George Baxter Smith, September 6, 1934 and during their 69 years of marriage was an active partner in her husband’s civilian, educational and military careers.

She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta, Delta Kappa Gamma, The University Women’s Club, the 20th Century Club, Countryside Garden Club in Lawrence and West End Garden Club in Lutsen, Minnesota.  She was a member of P.E.O., Chapter GQ, and a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church, where she served on the Board of Trustees, the thrift shop and as president of Plymouth Women.  She was an Audio-Reader volunteer for 15 years and a life-member of the University of Kansas Alumni Association.  Her love of gardening brought years of enjoyment, not only in Lawrence, but at the family cabin in Lutsen, Minnesota.  Mrs. Smith faithfully attended home KU basketball games, sitting court side until the age of 96.

Survivors include sons, Dr. Stuart A. Smith (Anita), Rome, Georgia, and Dr. Malcolm W. Smith (Heather McPherson), Indianapolis, Indiana, two granddaughters, Stacey Terry (Jeff), Shannon Brown (Barry) and six great grandchildren.

The family is forever grateful to the outstanding staff at Brandon Woods at Alvamar and Grace Hospice.  The family suggests contributions to the University of Kansas Endowment Association in support of the performing arts, or to Plymouth Congregational Church, Lawrence, Kansas and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

10 Condolences

  1. Clenece Hills on February 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Malcolm and Stuart,
    I am president of Marge’s PEO chapter. She was a charter member of this group, and we would like to do whatever would be helpful to you. We can provide a reception for the service, food for family gatherings, whatever you would like.
    I know many of our members will want to attend the services, so if someone will connect with me as soon as possible, I will get details out to the chapter members. Thank you.
    I am sorry for this sadness in your family. Marge was a great lady and a dear friend to me.
    Clenece Roberts Hills

  2. Bonnie Buzzard on February 11, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Thankyou for sharing your mother with us at Brandon Woods. She was a dear lady, with the sweetest smile. She will be missed.

  3. robyn herzog on February 11, 2012 at 8:12 am

    hi so sorry hear bout marge
    i will miss she she has a smile that can lite up a room,
    she always glad when i came in or leave i always say see you the next day,
    she always said ok hon you be careful
    god bless robyn

  4. Mary Gordon on February 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Marjorie was a very sweet, kind, and gracious lady.

    We were both members of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honor society for teachers. She was recently honored for over 60 years of membership.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Mary Demeritt Gordon

  5. Lisa Johnston on February 14, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Your mom was a joy to be around. She always had a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She was a role model for living life with grace, dignity, and respect for all others. I loved her dearly and will miss seeing her smiling face at Brandon Woods.

  6. Jane Albrecht Alix on February 16, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Please accept my sympathy.
    Sadness at learning of your mother’s death yet reading her obituary brings back so many good memories of your parents and mine and our youth in Lawrence. They all live on in our hearts.
    Jane Albrecht Alix

  7. Steve Gutierrez on February 16, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. I have fond memories of her and George. My condolences to all of you and your families. Fondly, Steve

  8. Martin Owens on February 17, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Stuart and Malcolm: My heartfelt condolences to you in the loss of your mom. As you well know we have enjoyed a long, long enjoyment of a great and perky lady who will be missed. You may not be aware that dad has recently moved to Brandon Woods at Alvamar where the many other people the three of us know from our days at Plymouth are now being treated very well. Since I may not get over from Lee’s Summit for the service, I wanted you to know my warm and fond feelings for your mom.

    Martin Owens

  9. Wynne Goff Brochu on February 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Stuart and Malcolm,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was such a sweet lady and an wonderful friend to my parents, especially my mother. They enjoyed many group functions together and really enjoyed each other. She will be missed and you both and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Wynne

  10. Dr. Ted Qualkinbush on February 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I feel very blessed that I got to hear about Mrs. Smith, via her son, Malcolm. Upon reading the obit–I was no surprised by her strengths and capabilities. Mrs. Smith is in my thoughts: along with Malcolm and Heather. Thank-you. Dr. Q.

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