In memory of
MARGARET ARMENDARIZ SMITH
Smith, Margaret Armendariz On Sunday, September 19, 2016, Margaret Armendariz Smith left us to join her loving husband Harold Smith. She passed away peacefully in her sleep. Margaret was born on February 6, 1929 in Abilene, Texas. She was the youngest of eight children, born to Vicente and Rosario Armendariz. Margaret attended and graduated from Saint Joseph Catholic School in Abilene. She was a good student and loved art and music. In 1945, she moved to Long Beach, California. As a young woman, Margaret loved to go dancing with her sisters. In 1946, she met a neighbor Harold Smith, as he was teaching her 8 year old niece, Mary Ann, to play baseball. It was later revealed that Harold used these lessons in hopes of being introduced to Mary Ann's lovely aunt! Margaret and Harold fell in love and were married on November 22, 1949, and spent sixty-six happy years together. In 1955, she gave birth to their son and only child, Gordon. She spent her life primarily as homemaker to her husband and their son. They lived in Long Beach, where they owned and managed 2 apartment buildings on Signal Hill. Margaret loved to grow roses, and spent many happy hours tending her garden. She was an excellent cook and her family always relished her pot roast, chile verde and delicious salsa! She also enjoyed attending St. Lucy's Catholic Church and singing in the choir. The family loved to travel and experience new places. After Harold retired, they moved to Mutual 17, in Leisure World at Seal Beach. They lived there for 33 years. Margaret loved to visit her son and his family in Hawaii during the summers. A highpoint of her travels was when she and Harold visited Israel. After her husband Harold passed away in May of 2014, Margaret resided at Silverado at Newport Mesa. She is survived by her son, Gordon Smith; her daughter-in-law, Colleen; her grandchildren, Wyatt Santoki-Smith, Noall Santold-Smith, Andrew Santoki-Gray (Tracey), Carolina Carreira (William); and great grandchildren, Grayson Carreira, Kayleelyn Carreira and Mia Mitsui Gray. Two decades of the Rosary and a Mass will be celebrated in memory of Margaret's Life on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 9:30 AM at Saint Lucy's Catholic Church, 2344 Cota Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90810. Reception to follow. www.stricklinsnivelycares.com
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