Margaret White Moffat

Published 8:25 pm Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Margaret White Moffat was born on September 2, 1916 in Dayton, Ohio.

Her father, Mack White, worked on the local newspaper but had volunteered to be an infantry captain under General Blackjack Pershing in the Mexican American War at the time of her birth.

During her formative years she lived in Springfield, Cincinnati, Hillsboro and Toledo, Ohio, graduating from high school in 1924. She came south to attend the University of South Carolina in 1925 and met her husband, Banjo Smith, who was the sports editor for the Columbia Record newspaper.

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They had two children, Mickey and Jimmy, and lived in Columbia, S.C. until Margaret moved to Lake Sheila subsequent to Banjo’s death in 1975.

She built her house on Lake Sheila in 1977 and lived out her life there.  She was active in the Saluda Presbyterian Church, DAR, Colonial Dames, Saluda Garden Club, Saluda Women’s Club and the N.C. Homemakers Association. She was a lover of books, opera and gardens.

She is survived by her two sons, Mickey and Jimmy Smith, her stepdaughter Dotty Eargle, and grandchildren and great grandchildren, too many to name.

Memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2012 in the Saluda Presbyterian Church, Saluda, NC with Rev. Jack Presseau officiating.

Instead of flowers that will eventually wilt and die, please make any donations in her name to the Saluda Senior Center that won’t wilt and die at 64 Greenville Street Saluda, N.C. 28773.

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