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Margaret Smith

Jan. 28, 1918-July 16, 2009

Margaret A. Smith, 91, of White Earth, died Thursday, July 16, 2009 at the Mahnomen Health Center in Mahnomen.

Margaret A. Fairbanks was born to Charles Sr. and Eliza (Johnson) Fairbanks on Jan. 28, 1918 in White Earth. She was raised in White Earth where she attended school. Margaret married Allen Smith in September 1938. They resided in White Earth, where Allen worked as an instructor of auto mechanics in Waubun High School and Margaret was a homemaker. She loved to play bingo, crotchet and do embroidery work. She also enjoyed listening to country music, playing whist with her husband and neighbors when they would get together. Margaret was known for her baking, especially her bread.

Margaret and Allen had 12 children, which kept both of them busy. Margaret was proud of her large family and cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a lifelong member and faithful parishioner at St. Benedict's Catholic Church.

Margaret will be remembered and greatly missed by her children: Doris (Robert) DeVall of Ice Cracking Lake, Mary L. (Dennis) Zortman, Beverly (Daniel) Stevens, Gordon L. (Dinah) Smith and Betsy Smith, all of Ogema, Charlene (Joseph Sr.) Garbow of Richwood, Doretta (Thomas) Hanks of White Earth, Regina (Delmar Sr.) Basswood of Ponsford, Alberta (Kenneth Sr.) Bevins of Ogema, MN and Mark (Paula) of White Earth; 41 grandchildren; 92 great grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren, and three sisters, Norby Blake of St. Paul, Caroline Brown of St. Paul and Faith (Robert) Lee of Minneapolis.

Preceding Margaret in death were her parents; husband Allen; two sons, Allen E. Smith Jr. and Robert F. Smith; one granddaughter, Corrine DeVall; daughter-in-law Judy Smith; great grandson, Christopher Keezer; four brothers, Charles, Gordon, Aloysious, and Bernard; and one sister, Martha Fairbanks.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, July 20 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, White Earth; there will be visitation for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery, White Earth.

Arrangements were entrusted to the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes. Memories of Margaret may be shared online at