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Marjorie Walker Smith

Marjorie Walker Smith, age 92, of Huron, died Thursday, June 2, 2011, at the SunQuest Health Care Center.  Her graveside service was at 11:00 AM, Monday, June 13th at the Riverside Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Channell officiating. 

Marjorie Walker was born August 16, 1918, to Clarence G. and Blanche (Pennington) Walker at Huron.  She attended Huron Public Schools and was graduated from Huron College in 1942.

After teaching briefly at Bryant, in 1942, she was recruited by the Signal Corps of the War Department, later the Army Security Agency, to become a cryptanalyst in Washington D.C.  In 1946, Marjorie transferred her efforts to music-recreation therapy with the Veterans Administration, working with hospitalized veterans in Chicago and southern California.

In 1951, Marjorie married Stanley Smith, a former Japanese prisoner of war.  They made their home in Long Beach, California, where their two sons were born and educated.  After obtaining a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California in 1965, Marjorie was employed as Supervisor of Child Welfare at Long Beach and then as Director of Social Work at San Clemente Hospital, retiring in 1982.

In 1984, Marjorie made Huron her headquarters, while still spending much of her time in California and traveling extensively.  She moved to SunQuest Village in 2000 and Stoneybrook Suites in 2008, and then SunQuest Health Care Center in 2011.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Stanley, her step-mother, Lucille (Babbitt) Walker and her aunt, Eva Walker.

Marjorie is survived by her two sons, Denver K. Smith of Huron and Craig (Lynn) Smith of Huntington Beach, California; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her twin sister, Mary Barber of Scotts Valley, California.

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