Margaret Smith (1916 - 2014)

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Margaret Hobbs Smith


Miss Margaret Hobbs Smith passed away on Saturday, June 14th at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center after a short illness.

Funeral services were 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 17 at First Baptist Church with burial in the Canton City Cemetery.

Immediate family members who preceded her in death were her parents; sister Elisabeth Smith; sister Frances Norman and husband Morris; brother S. W. (Van) Smith, Jr. and wife Alberta; beloved aunt Miss Fannie Smith; and nephew Tom Norman.

Survivors of Miss Smith (known affectionately by her family as Boggie, Marg, and Mart) are her sister Ann Elaine Smith; nephews Jerry Norman (Sandra) and Ames Smith (Carolyn); nieces Louise Spivey (Gil) and Camille Vinson (Sam); and many great- and great-great nieces and nephews who mourn her passing.

Miss Smith was born in Brookhaven, MS on September 9, 1916, to Sylvanus Wheeler (Van) Smith, Sr., and Maggie Hobbs Smith. The family lived in Jackson for a short while, then moved to the old Smith residence in Canton and where she later returned to live after retirement.

She was educated in the Canton Public School System, earned a B.S. in mathematics from Mississippi State College for Women (now MUW), and earned a Master's Degree in Health Education from Columbia University.

Her early employment was teaching in local schools, followed by working for several years as program director first at the state Y-Teens' Camp Rockbrook in Corinth, MS, then at the Jackson Y.W.C.A. She moved on to teach Physical Education at Hinds Community College, for a short time directing the Hinds High Steppers dancing group. Turning her focus to her skills in mathematics, she took a job in drafting at Michael Baker, Inc., in Jackson and in Jacksonville, FL. Returning to Mississippi, she moved to Vicksburg where she taught mathematics at Cooper High School, later taking a position as a mathematician with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hydraulics Division at Vicksburg's Waterways Experiment Station where she won numerous awards for her work, being selected once as "Woman of the Year."

Miss Smith took early retirement to return to her Canton home to care for her mother and aunt. As time permitted, she taught Sunday School and fitness classes at First Baptist Church of Canton. She enjoyed all sports, excelling in dance, tennis and swimming. She had many hobbies.

Miss Smith will be remembered for her great zest for life. She was compassionate to the unfortunate and hoped for a better life for all. She was a loyal and treasured friend who will be greatly missed by a host of relatives and colleagues.

Memorials may be made to Canton First Baptist Church or to the Canton Cemetery Fence Fund, P.O. Box 371, Canton, MS 39046.


Funeral Home
Breeland Funeral Home
3304 South Liberty Street Canton, MS 39046
Funeral Home Details
Published in Clarion Ledger from June 16 to June 18, 2014