Margaret M. Henry, 78, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2012, at her home in High

Forest, Minn., following a short illness with cancer.

Margaret Marilyn Smith was born Jan. 28, 1934, in Olivia, Minn., to

Walter and Otelia (Doering) Smith. She grew up in Olivia, and at the age of

15 she moved with her family to Stewart, Minn. for one year, and then to

Hutchinson, Minn., graduating from Hutchinson High School in 1952. She lived

with her parents and cared for her mother until her death from cancer. She

moved to Rochester to live with a girlfriend and was employed at Kresges and

the Woolworths Dime Store in Rochester.

She was married on Feb. 16, 1957, in Olivia, Minn., to Donald J. Henry.

The couple moved to High Forest where they built their home and raised their

son, Kevin, and where she continued to make her home. Donald was a heavy

equipment operator and a member of Heavy Equipment Operators Union - Local

49 in Rochester. He died Oct. 15, 1990. She was a member of Immanuel

Lutheran Church in Pleasant Valley. She was 56-year member of the

Stewartville American Legion Post 164 Auxiliary. She was membership chair

for 16 years, was Poppy Queen in 1976, and marched in the Legion Honor

Guard. She was a 16-year member of the High Forest Old Settler's Association

and was involved with her son's 4-H activities. She and Don raised sheep and

were longtime volunteers at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds with the sheep

competition. She enjoyed time spent with family, especially her

granddaughters and nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her son, Kevin, of rural Sargent; two grandchildren,

Amanda and Ashley; one sister, Betty Wulf, of Renville, Minn.; and one

brother, Darrell "Dick" (Camille) Smith of Sacred Heart, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; her parents; two

brothers, Donald "Tuffy" Smith and Walter "Duke" Smith; and her loving

sister, Elaine Eaton.

The funeral service was held Thursday, Jan. 3, at Assembly of God Church

in Stewartville, Minn., with the Rev. Brent Molskness and Rev. Peter

Skogerbo officiating. Burial was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Pleasant

Valley Township.

Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville assisted the family with

arrangements. www.griffin-gray.com