Margaret C. Smith

Margaret C. (Custer) Smith, of Belle Plaine, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998 at Belle Plaine Lutheran Home at the age of 100.

Visitation was Friday, March 27 at the First Presbyterian Church in Belle Plaine from noon to 2:30 p.m. Funeral services were Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at Belle Plaine with the Rev. Bruce Hillyer officiating.

Burial was Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis. Pallbearers were Wayne Hagerman, Floyd Custer, David Custer, Mark Custer, John Custer, and Ken Custer.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arthur John Smith, six brothers, Aseal, Arthur, James, LeRoy, Gerald, and Lloyd Custer. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Esther and John Blunt of Belle Plaine.

She was born Jan. 1, 1898 in Victor Township of Wright County, rural Howard Lake to David M. and Esther (Robinson) Custer. She graduated from Howard Lake High in 1916. She attended Normal school for one year, and then attended Macalester College in St. Paul, graduating in 1923.

Prior to her college graduation, she taught school in Maple Lake. After her college graduation, she worked in the mission field in North Carolina and Tennessee, and as a missionary in Kentucky. She worked for a short period of time at the Mayo Clinic.

On April 12, 1932, she married the Rev. Arthur John Smith in Minneapolis. She worked for social services in Fergus Falls, some years later she became Director of Welfare for Meeker County.

Margaret retired at age 68. She moved to Belle Plaine in 1969. She became a resident of the Belle Plaine Lutheran Home in November 1994. She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, and first woman elder in Belle Plaine's First Presbyterian Church.

She loved piano, taught Sunday school, was a former deacon at Presbyterian Church in Litchfield, and a member of the afternoon circle in Belle Plaine.

Fenske-Hayes Funeral Home of Belle Plaine handled the arrangements.

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