Marjorie E. Smyth

May 18, 1924September 2, 2020

Marjorie Elizabeth Smyth, aged 96 years, went home to the Lord 9/2/20. She was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is preceded in death by her parents Anna Birkenstock, and John Wachter, younger sister Florence, and husband James. Survived by daughter Martha (Dan) Haner, granddaughters Kristin Kendall, and Anna (Rob) Heimstra, and great grandchild Cooper Johnson.

Marjorie grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey. She went to school, and worked in New York City. She fell in love with, and married the executive at the advertising company she worked for. They had a daughter, Martha in 1950. They transferred to Detroit when working on the Kelvinator account. They moved to Webster Township in 1959. After her husband’s passing, she became very involved in the township. Webster Church became her second home. She was Sunday School superintendent, and organized the fall festival. She was president of the Webster Historical Society. During her time as president they moved the blacksmith shop, Podunk School house, and township hall.

She lived life to the fullest. She surrounded herself with friends who became family. She enjoyed traveling, rug hooking, cooking, and helping her friends, and community.

In respect of the current public health situation, immediate services will be small. There will be a viewing at Hosmer Funeral Home in Dexter Friday 9/4/20 from 3pm - 7pm, and a small grave side service at Webster Church Saturday 9/5/20 at 1pm. A celebration of her life for her friends, and community will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Webster Historical Society, or Arbor Hospice.


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 4, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, September 5, 2020


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Cass Taylor

September 4, 2020

Marjorie was an avid gardener and had a great variety of plants in her garden. She especially loved her roses and orchids. I enjoyed getting to know her over these last few years and will miss working in her garden and chatting with her over a cup of tea. She was so interesting to talk to, and I enjoyed hearing about her time working in the advertising business on Madison Avenue in New York City and about her many travel adventures. I really admired her strong and independent spirit.

Dave Polley

September 4, 2020

I got to know Marjorie only within the last two years. I found her frank forthrightness refreshing. Her insights into pulling off the Fall Festival, the makings of the Historic Webster Village, the inner workings of Webster Church, and an appreciation of our shared neighbors were enlightening. Marjorie was a force to be reckoned with -- a force that made our community a better one.

Chris Thayer

September 3, 2020

When I was 15, Marjorie asked me to help her rake grass on the farm in Dexter. As a life long member of Webster Church, Marjorie and I had a common bond; the love of our community, church, and the outdoors.
Over the years we became friends and shared many lunches, tea, dinners and conversations.
She always inspired me to be a better cook.
As time went on it was my privilege to take her Christmas tree shopping and my job to put up the tree and lights.
I will deeply miss her making me my most favorite dessert, Rum Cake.
I have been blessed to harvest deer and enjoy God's great outdoors for more than 25 years there at the farm.
Though our relationship may have seemed odd, she was my friend and I always enjoyed her company.
I will miss her.
My prayers continue to go out to her family.

Erica Perry

September 3, 2020

When I moved from Ann Arbor to the rural community of Webster Township 35 years ago I felt like an “outsider” — so many folks had deep multigenerational roots here. Marge, in her strong forthright brusque way, took me in to her world, introduced me to her friends, assessed my interests and matched them to a job for the Webster Fall Festival. Her kind astute leadership was my doorway into this community which now is ‘home.’


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