Margaret G. King Smoker, a devoted homemaker, peacefully passed away on October 20, 2023, in Gloucester, Virginia. She was born on December 8, 1921, in Atglen, Pennsylvania. Margaret was 101 years old and 10 months at the time of her passing.
Throughout her life, Margaret found great joy in various hobbies and activities. She had a knack for sewing, gardening, reading, and cooking. She loved spending time with her neighbors, often blessing them with homemade banana or zucchini bread. Margaret cherished visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she was always eager to spend quality time with them. Additionally, she dedicated herself to making quilt tops for her church’s sewing circle, showcasing her talent and generosity.
Margaret was a faithful attendee and member of Providence Mennonite Church in Newport News, where she drew strength from her faith and found solace in the company of her fellow worshippers.
Margaret is preceded in death by her loving husband of nearly 70 years, Raymond R. Smoker. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Simon and Sallie King, her grandson Brandon Smoker, infant grandson James D. Smoker, her brothers Roland and Titus King, and her sisters Lydia K. Kauffman and Emma K. Lantz.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Verda S. Bennett (Robert), Nancy S. Nelson (Varlen), and Norma S. Brenneman (Charles), all of Newport News, VA; sons, Sanford (Karen) Smoker of Gloucester, VA, and Marlin (Terri) Smoker of Coatesville, PA; sister-in-law, Marian King of Lancaster, PA; and 19 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Margaret G. King Smoker will be dearly missed by her family and friends, who remember her as a kind-hearted and nurturing presence in their lives. Her legacy of love and devotion will continue to live on in their hearts.
A visitation will be held on Friday, October 27, at 10:30 am, with a funeral service to begin at 12:00 pm, immediately followed by a graveside service. All services will be held at Providence Mennonite Church, 13101 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23602.