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Obituary – Margaret M. Smith

Margaret Marie Smith was born March 30, 1941, at Unionville, Mo., to Wilbur Verne and Hester Floy (Colter) Cowan. After her mother passed away at a young age she was adopted by Bill and Rose James. She entered her heavenly home on Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Springfield, Mo., at the age of 82.

She was united in marriage to Miles Owen Smith on June 30, 1957, and they were blessed with 5 children, Wayne C.W., Mark, Loretta, Mike and Gary and later adopted 2 grandchildren, Brandy and Michael who they lovingly raised as their own.

Margaret was saved at Midvale Church on February 15, 1981, and was an active member for over 40 years serving as a Sunday School Teacher. She and Miles also served as the caretakers of Simmons Baptist Camp for 5 years.

Margaret loved babies and spoiling her grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing, working on puzzles and attending Church activities. She also loved to put out a huge garden and canning her large bounty of produce.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Verne and Hester Cowan, and Bill and Rose James; her husband, Miles Smith; and three sisters.

Margaret is survived by her children, Wayne C.W. Smith, Mark Smith and wife, Kimi, Loretta Bailey and Kerry, Mike Smith, Gary Smith and wife, Donna, Brandy Mohrman and husband, Eddie, Michael Smith and Trish; a brother, Aaron “Jimmy” Cowan; a sister, Darline Robbins; 12 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren as well as many other family members and friends.

Margaret had a bright personality and was so easy to love. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m., Friday, April 14, 2023, at the Midvale Church of God of Prophecy with Pastor Bob Brooks and Colleen Bradford officiating. Interment was in the Midvale Cemetery. Services were under the care of Bradford Funeral Home and online condolences may be left at

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  1. Stephanie on April 15, 2023 at 9:31 am

    I’m so sorry for ur loss and yet so happy for her. That she got to go to her heavenly father , AND on Easter what a special day! She is a wonderful woman from what I knew of her , I got to take care of her at select specialty hospital, she was the sweetest woman and very strong and loved her family ! Prayers and love to your family!

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