2010-07-08 / Obituaries

Margaret Smith Thorstenson Huntington Beach, Calif., 86

Margaret “Betty” Smith Thorstenson, 86, Huntington Beach, Calif., died Sunday June 27, 2010.

She is survived by her son, Jeffrey, and his wife, Donna; her aunt, Beverly; grandchildren: Timothy and his wife, Denise; Teressa and her husband Bob; and Sean and his wife, Andrea; greatgrandchildren: Jessica and Ryan; Isabella, Alexandra, and Victoria; and Abigail, Sophie and Liam. Betty’s closest friends in life: Len, Gee, Charlotte, Irene and Jackie, will miss her greatly as well.

She was born on October 20, 1923, to Dewey Smith and Mary Pitman Smith.

She graduated from Mc- Connellsburg High School in 1941 where she lettered in basketball and track and earned the nickname “Flash Smith.” She later worked at a nearby defense facility after graduation. She met and later married George Thorstenson, a soldier, in 1946 and lived in New Jersey for most of her life. She moved back to McConnelsburg in 1983 upon her husband’s death. Her granddaughter, Teressa, moved her from Pennsylvania to southern California in 1995, where she enjoyed her last years close to her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family held a small private remembrance on Monday evening. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Betty’s name. The family would like to acknowledge the Sea Cliff Healthcare facility and all Hospice Touch for their wonderful doctors, nurses, staff and other professional caretakers.

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