Peggy Smith, 69, of Carlotta, went to be with the lord after a short and sudden struggle with cancer, surrounded by her children at the hospice house in Eureka on January 18, 2022. She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Lee Samms. Peggy was survived by husband Douglas Smith and her children Kevin Smith, Donna and Jeff McWilliams, Robert and Frieda Smith, John and Lynette Smith. Her grandchildren, Ginny, Lacy, Jennifer, Isaiah Smith, Aaron and Justin Colby, Mariah, Travis, Colton, Brittany, Bethany, Geneieve Smith. Grate grandchildren Braxton, Aiden, Areana, Sylvies, Rawland and Trinity Bones. Aleigha McGregor. Lance, Ezra, Kai Smith. Everleigh, Barbara Jean Colby.

Peggy was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1953. Her father, Lee Roy Samms, was in the service, so they moved Japan, where she learned to speck and count in Japanese. When they moved back to the States they lived in Michigan. From there they moved to California and then Texas. Then moved back to Marysville, California, where she finished high school. She loved riding horses and spending time with her friends and family. After high school in June of 1971 she married “a real cowboy” and moved to Alderpoint. She continued to ride horses and lived the country life. In her words she began the “greatest achievement of her life, raising her children.”

She was the most amazing mom and grandma anyone could ever ask for. She was a strong Christian women. She loved God and her family. Throughout life she taught us everything she knew. She loved spending time with her family, gardening, shopping, traveling with her dear friend Linda and her cousin Darlene. She was always there for us when we needed anything. We could always count on her. She loved watching her grandchildren and everything they did; she never turned down a minute to spend with them. We know everything we do she’s there watching over us. She will always be loved and missed by everyone.

A celebration of life will be held at the Calvary Chapel in Fortuna on May 14 at 1 p.m. for friends and family.


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