Marjorie Smith

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Marjorie W. Smith, nee Groth, 96, of Freeburg, born April 25, 1924, in Smithton Township, IL, died September 2, 2020, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Mrs. Smith assisted in the operation of Don Smith Distributorship before her retirement. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Freeburg, IL, and a 50-year member and past Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by a son, Donn Russell Smith, in infancy; her parents, Edward and Olga, nee Lippert, Groth; five sisters, Elvira (Jack) Gornick, Viola (Milton) Goss, Lorena Groth, Florence (Harry) Wiskamp and Marie (Dean) Kessler; and two brothers, Orville (Ruth) Groth and Hilmar (Ruth Ann) Groth;

Surviving are her husband of 73 years, Donald L. Smith, whom she married on May 10, 1947;
a daughter, Marla Jean Smith, of Freeburg, IL;
a son, Lee R. (Rhonda) Smith of Freeburg, IL;
a grandson, Edward Lee Smith;
a sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Groth, Freeburg, IL;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Private family services will be held, with Rev. Earl Crecelius officiating. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks, will be in place.

Private graveside burial will be held at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


7 Comments on Marjorie Smith

Fay said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2020 at 9:12 PM

I so sorry for your loss I have fond memories of the club house and always looked forward to that soda on Halloween! Praying for you all to find peace as you grieve

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Charlene Jacobs said : Guest Report Sep 04, 2020 at 8:13 AM

My first memory of Margie was my Brownie leader. Then we became members of First Baptist Church in Freeburg and we worked together in the kitchen especially at Christmas and shared lots of fun and laughter. In later years I loved going to visit them at home and she shared her memories of growing up . She always had a big smile and welcomed you in . She was a great lady and now has gone home to be with the Lord.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Jackie Purchase said : Guest Report Sep 03, 2020 at 8:53 PM

My deepest condolences to the Smith Family! Mrs. Smith was always so kind and sweet to everyone. We were members of First Baptist Church of Belleville with them and sat behind the Smith Family for years! Recently my daughters brought up her famous Peanut Squares! Said no bakery could make them quite as good as Mrs. Smith did! How they loved her baking! May She Rest In Peace. ??

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Genevieve Phelps said : Guest Report Sep 03, 2020 at 8:49 PM

Marjoria was a great lady. It was always nice to see and talk with her. My condolences to her family and friends.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Tina said : Guest Report Sep 03, 2020 at 6:17 PM

Don , Marla, Lee, Rhonfa and Ed. I can honestly say your Mom was one of my most favorite people. I am going to miss seeing her and listening to her stories. She had the greatest memory of anyone I have ever met!. She taught me so many things. I will cherish each memory I have .

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Susan Blumhorst said : Guest Report Sep 03, 2020 at 12:46 PM

Marjorie was always so sweet and kind to all of us and welcomed a visit anytime. Blessing and condolences to all.. she will be missed.

  • San Antonio
  • TX
Janet M Thrasher said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2020 at 10:15 PM

Please except my deepest sympathy. She was a beautiful lady. Jan (Maurer) Thrasher

  • Freeburg
  • IL

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