Margaret Ann Smith, 81, of Marble Falls died Sept. 17, 2012. She was born on Sept. 19, 1930, in Houston to Edward and Margaret Coats.
She was a graduate of Marble Falls High School and attended the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. She married I.V. “Son” Gibson in 1951, and they welcomed daughter Peggy Jane in 1952. She lost her husband in a tragic accident in 1961 and was left to raise Peggy Jane as a single mother. She worked hard and did without to make sure her daughter had everything she needed and wanted.
Over the years, she was a waitress at Blue Bonnet Café, the first secretary at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls and a secretary for both the Lower Colorado River Authority and W.F. Barnes Lumber Co.
In 1976, she married Rodgers Smith and added his three daughters, whom she loved as her own, to her family. The couple owned and operated The Farmhouse Restaurant in Granite Shoals and, later, a used car lot, Smith Auto, in Marble Falls. They built their home in Shady Acres, where they lived for many years. She loved the resort-style setting, especially her pool, and her many generations of dogs.
Church was always an integral part of her life; she spent most of her years at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls and had since joined Fellowship Baptist Church in Marble Falls. She was a faithful prayer warrior and loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“Nano” and “Papa” were blessed with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who became their pride and joy. She loved to spend time with her grandkids, whether playing games or attending their numerous events. She also enjoyed reading, working in her yard and wearing red lipstick.
She went through many tragedies in her almost 82 years, but most never would have known. She always had a smile on her face and love to share with anyone she met. She was a blessing to many and will be truly missed by countless friends and family members.
In additon to her husband, survivors include her brother Edward “Bud” Coats of Galveston; daughters Peggy Waters and husband Rodney of Longview, Belinda Spratlen of Marble Falls, Barbara Elliott and husband Richie of Marble Falls and Carolyn Moore and husband Mark of Bridgeport; grandchildren Lacy, Lane, Jennifer and husband Rafe, Corey, Wade, Kristi and Maggie and husband Travis; great-grandchildren Justin and Jordan; nieces and nephews; and innumerable friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband I.V. “Son” Gibson; second husband Jack Elder; and brother Joe Coats.
Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Sept. 19 at Edgar Funeral Home, 2105 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls, (830) 693-5808. A funeral service is 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at Fellowship Baptist Church, 2702 Mormon Mill Road in Marble Falls.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a favorite church.