Margaret M. Henry, 78
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 6:36 AM
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
Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville assisted the family with