Soldotna resident Margie Ellen Smith died Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at the Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.
No services will be held per Mrs. Smith's request.
She was born Aug. 23, 1919, to Samuel Albert and Iva Zelma (Finch) Long in Eva, Okla. She attended three years of college in nurse training. She worked for the state of California as a LPN, as well as a psychiatric technician for nine years from which she retired in Porterville, Calif. On Sept. 1, 2002, she moved to Alaska to be closer to family. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed sewing and crafts.
"Margie Smith was my grandmother. I loved her very much and I miss the good times we had while I was growing up. While I was in college, my fiance Maria and I would drive over to my grandparents' home to spend the day about once a month. The highlight was my grandmother's cooking. She wasn't a recipe kind of cook, but she was certainly a master of using a pinch of this and a handful of that, resulting in the best enchiladas and chocolate cake I have ever experienced. While we were eating, she would often make comments about how 'chunky' she thought I was getting, while at the same time continuing to dish out huge portions of second and third helpings and tossing me dirty looks if I didn't finish every bite," said her grandson, Matthew J. Quick.
"At times she could be a bit quirky, but that was just part of the reason why we loved her so much. I remember fondly once while playing cards that she tried to give Maria a pair of earrings. They had been fashioned from her recently removed gallstones. Maria politely declined. We both smiled the entire drive home. I find myself still smiling. That was just Grandma. She was a strong, Godly woman who worked hard all the days of her life. She spent the majority of her adult life praying for her husband, who finally, at the end of his days on Earth, accepted Jesus' grace and forgiveness. He was waiting in heaven with open arms on July 4 to welcome his dearest into eternity.
"I loved her for all she was and is, and I'm looking forward to seeing her smiling face again. She'll be standing next to my grandfather and welcoming me home when I walk through those gates of heaven one day."
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton M. Smith; one brother; and three sisters.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Zelma and Daniel Quick of Soldotna; grandchildren, Matthew Quick of Anchorage, Holly Boerner of Forest Grove, Ore., and Sandra Quick of Edmonds, Wash.; and great-grandchildren, Alexis Quick, Gabrielle Quick, Rebecca Boerner and Daniel Boerner.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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