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Margaret "Peggy" Smith

AGE: 84 • Wilmington, Del.

Margaret (Peggy) Smith, 84, of Wilmington, DE, died April 5 in the Compassionate Care Center in St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington.

Born in Keyser, WV, she was the daughter of Robert A Davis and Margaret Gilmore Davis.

After graduating from Allegany High School, Cumberland, MD, in 1949, she attended Potomac State Junior College, Keyser, and West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, where she received a B.S. degree in Journalism in 1954. After graduation she worked for the Times-News in Cumberland.

In 1955 Peggy married Bennett Smith and they lived in Williamson, WV, and Charleston, WV, before moving in 1970 to Wilmington where Bennett was employed by the Columbia Gas System.

Peggy loved writing, gardening, crosswords, and old black-and-white movies. She served on the board of the Delaware Conservative Caucus and wrote a column for the Caucus's quarterly newsletter. In 2010 she was awarded the Caucus's Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor of National Review. Peggy also wrote op-ed pieces that appeared in national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, and The Wanderer, a weekly Catholic newspaper.

Her hobbies included upholstery, painting, genealogy, play-writing, and reading. She was a faithful walker, putting in a mile a day for some 30 years.

She was a docent for Rockwood Museum, and was an avid fan of English author Angela Thirkell and a member of the Angela Thirkell Society. She was also a tireless worker for Delaware Right to Life.

Peggy was instrumental in the formation of the local Latin Mass organization, the Regina Coeli Society. She loved the Latin Mass and sang in the Regina Coeli choir. She also edited the society's newsletter, the Angelus, for some 20 years.

In the 1980s she was one of the organizers of the Delaware Chapter of the West Virginia University Alumni Association which she served as president and board member.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Bennett Smith, and two daughters, Diana (Mrs. John) George of Boothwyn, PA, and Jennifer Smith, at home. Another daughter, Dorothy, died in 2009.

Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 6 to 8 p.m Thursday, April 7, at Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington. A rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. A Requiem Latin Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 8, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1414 North King Street, Wilmington, DE. Interment will be in the family cemetery in Keyser, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution to the Regina Coeli Society, St. Patrick's Church, 1414 King Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of St. Francis Hospital for their dedicated, exceptional care.

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Published in The News Journal on Apr. 7, 2016
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