Margaret Telfer Smith Standley
Margaret Telfer Smith Standley was born October 12, 1924 in Emmett and passed away June 8, 2014 at a Meridian hospital. She was the second daughter of Thomas and Catherine Hume Telfer Smith, immigrants from Scotland.
Margaret graduated from Emmett High School in 1942, Boise Jr. College in 1966 with an AA in education, and Boise State College in 1970 with a BA in education.
Following high school graduation she worked at the Creamery for Joe Radandt and then as the bookkeeper for Harry Lyons at the Feed Store.
On December 25, 1950 she married Irl T. "Bob" Standley at the Emmett Methodist Church. They had three children: Wendy, Carol and Dale. Margaret was a loving mother and homemaker. She taught 1st grade at Hanna, Letha, and Brick during her 23 years with the Emmett School District.
After retirement in 1989, Margaret volunteered weekly in Carol's 1st grade classroom.
Bob and Margaret raised a large vegetable and flower garden each year. She made delicious sweet and dill pickles with the cucumbers, canned beans, corn and tomatoes, and shared the bounty with family and friends. Margaret was one of the Caledonian ladies who made shortbread for Boise's Robert Burns Night. She and Carol traveled to Scotland where she met her relatives and saw the green hills her mother always missed. Margaret loved traveling to New Orleans to visit the grandchildren and counted the days until their visits to Emmett. She was very generous and kindhearted. Margaret loved to read mysteries and spent many happy afternoons in the past four years doing just that.
She attended the United Methodist Church, was a member of the Boise Caledonian Society, the Squaw Butte Retired Educators and the Alpha Delta Kappa Teacher's Sorority.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Agnes Forbes Smith, and her husband of 55 years.
Margaret is survived by Wendy(Robert) Grubb of New Orleans, LA., Carol of Meridian, Ronald Dale of Emmett, grandchildren: Michael(Laura) Grubb and Catherine(Nimesh) Poddar all of Baton Rouge, LA. Also surviving are brothers-in-law, Burt Canfield of Boise and Glea(Loretta) Standley of Emmett, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Squaw Butte Retired Educators, c/o Judy Alder, 616 East First Street, Emmett, ID 83617 or a
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 14th at the Potter Funeral Chapel in Emmett. A viewing will be Friday, June 13th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chapel.
Potter Funeral Chapel
228 East Main Street Emmett, ID 83617
Published in Idaho Statesman on June 12, 2014