She was born on December 6, 1928 in Yale, Oklahoma, 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, 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, Nebraska; 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, 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 is preceded in death by her parents; husband Raymond; son David Michael Smith; brother Benjamin J. Smith and sister Marjorie B. Pierce.
Survivors include daughter Mari Melanie Smith Palmer of Chesterfield, Mo.; grandchildren Matthew R. Crow of St. Louis, Mo; Aily K. Rischar (Chad) of Chesterfield and great granddaughter, Dorothy.
Memorial services will be held at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton on Saturday, January 6th at 11:00 AM. 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. Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton, Ks.