Margaret  Smith

Margaret Rose Smith (Cook)

Monday, November 18th, 1940 - Monday, November 16th, 2020
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Margaret Rose (Cook) Smith, 79, of St. Joseph, MO died on Monday, November 16th, 2020 at the Mosaic Life Center, St. Joseph, MO.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 at the Community Christian Church, 2009 Mason Rd, St. Joseph, MO with Rev. Tim Champ officiating. Burial will follow in the Sugar Creek Cemetery, Rushville, MO. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, 800 Kansas Ave, Atchison, KS. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Community Christian Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Remembrances and condolences may be left online at

Margaret was born on November 18, 1940 in Atchison, KS, the daughter of Hamp and Barbara (Rolfes) Cook. She attended Winthrop and Weston grade schools, graduating from Weston-Platte High School in 1958. From 1958-1961 Margaret worked at the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, Atchison, KS. She was married to Lee R. Smith on April 22, 1960 at the Rushville Christian Church. They have lived in either Missouri or Kansas all her life. She worked as a receptionist /assistant for Dr. Eugene Bribach for 18 years. Margaret worked as a sales clerk for March Furniture for over 28 years. She was a member of the King Hill Christian Church, St. Joseph, MO, formerly a member of the Rushville Christian Church and First Christian Church, Atchison, KS. Margaret enjoyed shopping, traveling, dancing and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her husband and love of her life, Lee R. Smith, of the home, a brother, James W. Cook and his wife Debbie, Rushville, MO, a sister, Barbara Ann Huffman, Stanberry, MO, brother and sister in-laws, Norman (Bonnie) Smith, St. Joseph, MO, Terry (Cheryl) Smith, Atchison, KS, nieces; Pam Sullivan, Covas, CA, Diane Riggs, Rushville, MO, Diane McGinley, Stanberry, MO, Becky Richeson, Excelsior Springs, MO, Anna Lutz, Rushville, MO, Jenny Surey, Aurora CO, Jessica Taylor, Blaine, KS, Ginger Valenti, Las Vegas, NV, Susan Hupp, Katy, TX, and Carrie Kovar, Ashburn, VA, nephews; Doug Wyatt, NE, Gregg Wyatt, Weston, MO, and Richard Cook, Warsaw, MO, several great nieces and nephews. Her parents, a brother, Thomas Cook, and sisters; Catherine Kovar and Georgia Gray, a nephew, Tommy Cook and a niece, Marguerite Marion preceded her in death.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home
    800 Kansas Ave
    Atchison, KS 66002
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  • Service

    Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 2:00pm
    Community Christian Church
    2009 Mason Rd
    St. Joseph, MO
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    Rev. Tim Champ
  • Interment

    Sugar Creek Cemetery
    HWY 116
    RUSHVILLE, MO 64484
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Katen Hargrove

Posted at 11:28am
Lee, I am so sorry for your loss. You two had such an awesome relationship, I can’t imagine what you are going through. I will pray God will bring you peace. God bless you.

Angela Paulich (Weber) Pratt

Posted at 05:33pm
My most sincere condolences to Lee and the family. Margaret was a joy to know and work with at March Furniture. I did inventory for Lee at NAPA a couple of times and was happy to help.

I am sure she will be missed greatly and wil keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.


Jo Ann Murray

Posted at 11:30am
Lee, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed walking with Margaret for many years, and the many conversations we had she was a very special person. May Gods love and blessings help you through this difficult time.
Jo Ann Murray

Paul and Mary Atteberry

Posted at 07:21pm
We were very saddened to hear about Margaret! We will keep everyone in our prayers! So sorry for your loss!

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