OBITUARY

Margaret A Smith

August 16, 1930February 5, 2021
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Margaret Ann (Brown) Smith, 90, passed away February 5, 2021 in Burnet County after a brief illness. Margaret was born August 16, 1930 in rural Ewing Community, Coryell County, Texas (now North Fort Hood) to John Carl Brown and Alma Lula (Dude) Robinson Brown. In 1942, as with many other families, the military moved in to take over land that had been in the Brown family for five generations, since 1854. The family moved to Jonesboro, Texas for a short time before settling on new land near Lometa, Texas in 1945. Margaret graduated from Lometa High School in 1948. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, then earned a Master’s Degree from The University of Texas. She married Johnnie Clifton Smith in Lometa on October 17, 1953. After marriage, they moved to Burnet, Texas where she and Johnnie were longtime school teachers; Margaret teaching in High School, and Johnnie later as the principal of Burnet Jr. High. Their only son, Clifton Carl (Clif) Smith, was born August 23, 1958 in Burnet. Margaret and Johnnie enjoyed travelling throughout their life together. She loved to reminisce about their adventures to all 50 states, as well as their trips to other countries. Her curiosity and love of life, people, and current events never faded in her 90 years. Education was so very important to Margaret and she loved all of her students dearly. Even after many years of retirement, she could recall her student’s names as well as their parent’s and sibling’s and even the year they graduated. When she met a stranger, she would immediately ask their name and where they lived. Margaret was a faithful member of The Burnet Baptist Church and was able to still attend after Johnnie’s passing because of her faithful friend, Sara Johnson, who picked her up every Sunday from Country Oaks Assisted Living. Margaret was an active member of the Teacher Retirement Association of Texas and was a very active member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for 63 years. She was also involved for many years with the Herman Brown Free Library and volunteered at the Burnet Library Thrift Shop. Margaret is survived by her niece, Melody Ball, of Lampasas and family; her cousin, Jeff George, and his wife, Lou Nelle of Midland and family; her cousin, Susan Harrison, and her husband, Bo of Wimberly and family; her cousin, Sheryl Dunlap, and her husband, Bobby of Waco and family; her cousin, Cathy Taylor, and her husband, Dennis of Gatesville and family; as well as other nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie, and her son, Clif. The family sends heartfelt thanks to Margaret’s niece, Melody, for years of special help and loving care of Margaret, as well as the staff of Country Oaks Assisted Living where she resided for over six years. Margaret made many treasured friends at Country Oaks who became as dear to her as family. We will all miss her loving heart, quick wit, and endless stories.

Services

  • Memorial Service First Baptist Church Burnet

    Friday, February 26, 2021

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David Ekrut

February 23, 2021

Mrs. Smith will always have a place in my heart and mind. I never had her as a teacher, but she was always there to help us, no matter what. I had the opportunity to go to the Country Oaks once a month and play the piano for a little church service. She couldn’t see the words in the music, but knew every song by heart. She was a friend indeed. She is now with Johnny and Cliff. Blessings to the family.

Sara Johnson

February 18, 2021

Mrs. Smith was a teacher to me and 2 of my sisters. She was also a teacher when my 2 children went to BHS. She was a positive influence and a wonderful teacher to countless young people. She and Coach Johnny Smith did so much for the community and their students.
Most importantly she was my friend. I miss her terribly. I know I will see you again Margaret. And you will see me!

Roberta Kendall

February 10, 2021

Thanks so much to the family for posting those pictures! I only knew her when she was at Country Oaks, so it's wonderful to see her younger, and with her family. I especially love her bridal pictures. :)

Donna & Ronnie Helms

February 9, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret's family at this time. May her soul rest in peace.

Julie Ebeling

February 9, 2021

We were sorry to learn of Mrs. Smith’s passing... She was a wonderful typing teacher - and though strict, we are all the better adults for it! We always admired her great memory and involvement in the community. She made many friends at Oaks assisted living and will be missed by all!

Larry Gutzler

February 9, 2021

First of all I want to say how sorry I am to hear of Margarets passing. She was a very special lady that I had the privilege to know most of my life. Condolences and prayers to the family. Being from Burnet and my Dad being a school teacher as well I was able to know the Smith family well. I cherished the times I was able to visit them. Rest in peace Margaret.

Judy (Berry) Crowley

February 9, 2021

Margaret Ann was so special to my family and myself. I literally knew her from my first day of life. She and Johnnie were so good to me and helped provide my business school education, post high school. I will be forever grateful, and am glad that we knew each other. Love, "Jud'en"

Roberta Kendall

February 9, 2021

This just breaks my heart. Margaret was such a ray of sunshine and was so alive! She was my half-sister Pat Hall's best friend at Country Oaks and after Pat passed away, Margaret was the "eyes and ears" of Pat's husband, Grover, who still lives there.

After Pat passed, I continued to fly to Austin from San Francisco because I loved Margaret's wit and always-happy attitude. I was there to visit both Margaret and Grover, and this leaves a real hole in my life. My best to Melody and the rest of the family.

Jesse Perkins

February 8, 2021

Margaret Smith & her husband, Johnnie Smith were two of the most special people and teachers that touched the lives of so many. I feel so fortunate to have known Margaret, and also have the opportunity to be one of her students.

Margaret never missed an opportunity to let her students know the importance of education, even when she was in retirement.

I write this today, with a heavy heart, but feel blessed to have known such a kind and gifted person. Margaret will always be in our hearts and memories. May she rest in peace.
Jesse Perkins & family.

Mark Newton

February 8, 2021

Can you say one of a kind? What a teacher, who made a huge difference in every student she came into contact with. Margaret Smith was my typing teacher... AAA Space SSS Space A Space S Space.... , year book sponsor, and life long friend. The Smiths and my family shared a back yard fence and we sat in the same section at church. Precious memories. Great laughs. Long stories. Mrs. Smith loved every senior class and made BHS the great school it was! What a life lived well!

Mark Newton
Lufkin , Texas

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