Margala Smith

Margala Veleria Smith (Lea)

Sunday, July 14th, 1935 - Thursday, November 7th, 2019
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Margala Veleria Smith, 84 of Victoria, passed away peacefully in her sleep, Thursday, November 7, 2019. Family and friends will gather for visitation Sunday, November 10th, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Grace Funeral Home, 2401 Houston Hwy in Victoria. A celebration of her life and her faith will be held on Monday, November 11th at 10:00AM at Grace Memorial Chapel at Memory Gardens, 8819 US Hwy 87N in Victoria. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Margala was born July 14, 1935 in Martha, Oklahoma to the late J. W. and Rhuble Nelson Lea. Margala was raised by her grandparents, Mack and Dora Lee Nelson, for most of her young life. Margala married the love of her life, Oscar Smith, September 9, 1953 in Baycliff, Texas. She served as past auxiliary president of VFW Post #4146; she had many wonderful memories with her VFW family. Margala was an avid bowler, she taught many people, young and old, how to throw a perfect strike. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Margala leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 66 years, Oscar T. Smith; son, John C. Smith and wife, Kay; daughter, Debra Smith; grandchildren, Jacob Houston, Joshua Houston, Amanda Houston, John A. Smith and Jason Smith; brother, Bobby Nelson; and 16 great-grandchildren; along with numerous other loving family members and friends.

Margala is preceded in death by her parents, J.W. and Rhuble Lea; brothers, Richard Lea, James Lea; half-brother, Charles Lea; and half-sister, Virginia Bettencourt.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 10th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, November 10th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Grace Funeral Home
    2401 Houston Highway
    VICTORIA, TX 77901
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  • Service

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday, November 11th, 2019 10:00am
    Grace Memorial Chapel at Memory Gardens
    8819 US Hwy 87 North
    VICTORIA, TX 77904
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Adam Mason
  • Interment

    Memory Gardens Cemetery ~ Victoria
    8919 US Hwy 87 North
    VICTORIA, TX 77904
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Sandra Schulke-Canfield

Posted at 12:05pm
I first met Margie 39 years ago at Woodlawn Bowling Alley. I bowled with her and her daughter Debbie. Margie had a wonderful laugh and a magnetic personality that drew me and her many friends in. My thoughts and prayers and love go out to her family. I know I will see her and hear her great laughter again someday. You will be missed my friend.

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