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Margie SMITHER Obituary

4-2-1938 ~11-28-2012

Our mother left this world the same way she lived in it, with beauty, grace, and dignity. Though her journey to heaven was a long one due to COPD, she faced each day with a grateful heart and a daily prayer. Her strength was unmatched, and her sense of humor was truly wicked. To all that knew her, she was a class act and genuine riot. Born in the Seattle area, she was raised in Burien and a proud graduate of Highline High School, Class of 1956. Over the years, she remained close with many of her high school friends and looked forward to seeing them at the annual "Friends Picnic". A few years after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Bob Smither, and had three equally wicked daughters. She taught us the value of family, living a life of integrity and putting on lipstick before leaving the house. Our house was filled with music and dancing, a joy she shared right up to the end. After her divorce, she went to work at the Museum of Flight and enjoyed many years there. Her knowledge of history and love of people made it a perfect fit. She truly missed it when she couldn't work there anymore. As her world slowly became smaller, her love of life only got bigger. She even had a bay window installed for a better view. She became an avid Seattle sports fan and a dedicated bird watcher, no kidding. She loved her cat and the house that built us. Strong like the willow branch, she bent to the winds of her life while keeping her face towards the sun. (Or in her words, "she pulled up her big girl panties and got over herself"- end quote.) Life came with many blessings, the biggest being her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a special relationship with each of them, and worshipped the ground they walked on...they helped take care of her and were loving members of the Margie Badger team. Their dedication made the wicked sisters very proud. Saying goodbye to our mother was heartbreaking, but it was also a gift. We laughed, we cried, we sang and we loved. No words were left unspoken. She held our hands, played with our hair and asked why it was taking so long. A true force of nature, she was ready and her mother was waiting for her. She is survived by her daughters, Paris Johnson, Shelly Tarica and Christi Smither. Grandchildren, Shannon(James) Browning, Stephanie (Michael) Wiscavage, and Robert Ustanik. Great-Grandchildren, Joshua, Mackenzie, Joey, and Madison. We want to send special thanks and gratitude to Dr. Max Lee and his wonderful staff for the exceptional care provided to our mother. She loved them like family and felt Dr. Lee was why she lived as long as she did. Also special thanks to Burien Nursing and Rehab for allowing our mother the class and dignity she so deserved in the last days of her life. The biggest gift she left us was each other and we are grateful for that. " We will miss you every day and love you forever and always"...

A private memorial for family and friends will be held sometime in January.
Published in The Seattle Times on Dec. 23, 2012
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