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Margaret M. Smith
6/30/24 – 5/18/18

Margaret was born Margaret Mary Donohue in Gloucester, New Jersey, to parents Francis and Margaret Donohue. She died peacefully at her care facility on Friday, May 18th, at the age of 93. She had outlived two husbands, Walter Werbos and Gordon (Buddy) Smith.

She and her siblings, (Frank, John, Eleanor and Loretta), became orphans during the Great Depression. Her Aunt, Mary McFadden, leader of the Pennsylvania Economy League, took her and her sister Eleanor in, and funded their attendance at Immaculate Heart Academy in Fountain Springs, Pennsylvania. There she served as the Valedictorian of her 1942 graduating class and made life-long friends. After graduation, she worked at the Treasury department in DC for a time, but left for Philadelphia General to pursue training to become a Nurse Cadet for World War II. Before reaching that goal, she met her first husband, Walter Werbos, then a naval officer on ROTC, at a Navy Nurse dance. They married in November 1945. Walter became President of the Harry P. Bridge Company of Philadelphia, an advertising and marketing firm. They resided in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, where they raised their three children until their divorce in 1970.

In 1971, Margaret married Gordon McNeal Smith, whom she had known through family connections since her youth. Together, they blended their families in Gordon's Newtown Square home, where he had lived with his children Gordon and Debbie. In 1974, Margaret and Gordon built their dream home on Princeton Harbor, in Avalon, New Jersey. That became their permanent residence after Gordon retired from Boeing a few years later. They enjoyed many happy years there, initially being active in city government and a strong social community. They especially loved watching the activities and the sunsets on the water from their deck, boating and fishing in their own boat, and attending dances at the Legion in Stone Harbor.

Gordon passed away in 2005, from problems brought on from the malaria he contracted while serving as a Marine in the Pacific during World War II, and Margaret sold their Avalon home in 2009. She later moved to Marlton, New Jersey, to her son John's home, and recently moved to a nursing care facility in Haddonfield.

Margaret will be sorely missed by the many lives she has touched. She will be remembered for her sparkling green eyes, her generous heart, and the amazing feasts she created. Her home, like her heart, was always open to the people she loved.

Margaret is survived by her sister, Loretta Hanisko, FL, her son Paul Werbos and his wife Luda, VA, daughter Suzanne Johnson and her husband Roy, CO, and son John Werbos, NJ, as well as her former daughters-in-law, Lily Fountain, MD, and Kim Bubnis, NJ. She also leaves nine grandchildren, Alex Werbos, Lissa Werbos, Maia Werbos, Christopher Werbos, Heidi Johnson, Amy Johnson, Ben Werbos, Bryn Zolty, and Rob Werbos; and three great grandchildren, Madeline Zolty, and Evelyn and Eleanor Werbos.

Services will be held on Thursday, May 24, in the Sacred Heart Chapel on First Avenue and West 25th Street in Avalon New Jersey. Viewing at 10am, followed by 11am services. Interment will be at the Veteran's Cemetery in Cape May Court House. Please have your florist contact Radzieta Funeral Home to arrange a delivery time and place.