Margaret Pendley Smith, 70, of Burkemont Road in Morganton passed away on April 16, 2009 at Carolina Rehab Center in Icard, NC after an extended illness. Born in Mitchell County on July 31, 1938, Margaret was the daughter of the late George Woodrow Pendley and Madge Burleson Pendley. Margaret was a member of Hartland Missionary Methodist Church, and was a former employee of Broughton Hospital.Besides her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Zeliah Bumgarner, and by her son, William Kenneth Smith, Jr.In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, William Kenneth Smith, of the home, a son, Dennis Michaels and his wife, Sue, of Marion, two daughters, Jeanne Byrd and her husband, Dixon, of Morganton, and Kaye Fish and her husband, Allen, of Morganton. Mrs. Smith had seven grandchildren: Kylie Michaels Watring, Jamie Allman, Amanda Michaels Lowman, Christopher Fish, Jesse Smith Stewart, Katie Fish, and Madison Byrd; three step grandchildren, Jillian Byrd Bentley, Caitlyn Byrd, and Colston Byrd, and two great-grandchildren, Dylan Michael Watring and Lily Victoria Lowman. She is also survived by a brother, Mike Pendley, and a sister, Sonnie Allman, both of Morganton.The family wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Carolina Rehab Center for their kindness and compassion in Margaret's care.A private ceremony to honor her life is planned at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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