Obituary: Marguerite N. Smith-Perfett

Marguerite N. Smith-Perfett, 89, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at the Kidron Bethel Village in North Newton.

She was born on Dec. 6, 1928, in Yale, Okla., the daughter of Jack B. and Hortense Rankin Smith. Marguerite attended Hays High School, graduated from Hutchinson High School and later attended the Oklahoma College for Women, Hutchinson Community College and Wichita State University.

Marguerite married W.W. Smith, and they had two children. In 1967, she relocated to Warrensburg, Mo., where she later married Raymond F. Perfett on June 3, 1971, in Nebraska City, Neb.; following Raymond’s death in 1976, she returned to Newton.

Marguerite was a reporter for several newspapers through the years in Oklahoma and Kansas, The Pauls Valley Daily Democrat, Great Bend Tribune, The Newton Kansan and Wichita Eagle-Beacon. She won writing awards from the Kansas Woman’s Press Association for her feature writing and women’s pages. She continued to be a writer for the Kansas Senior Press Service for several years.

She was a charter member of Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton. Marguerite was involved in many church and community programs through the years.

Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; son, David Michael Smith; brother, Benjamin J. Smith; and sister, Marjorie B. Pierce.

Survivors include her daughter, Mari Melanie Smith Palmer of Chesterfield, Mo.; grandchildren, Matthew R. Crow of St. Louis and Aily K. Rischar (Chad) of Chesterfield; and great-granddaughter, Dorothy.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton.

It was Marguerite’s request that her body be donated to K.U. Medical Center for research. Inurnment will take place at a later date beside her parents and sister at Hutchinson Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials have been established with Youthville (EmberHope) Newton Campus and the School of Geriatric Nursing at Hutchinson Community College. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS, 67114.

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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

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