Margaret Marie Silas was born on May 25, 1943, to Claude Norfleet and Nellie Marie Roscoe. Though born in Plainfield New Jersey, Margaret spent a significant portion of her youth in Gatesville, North Carolina being raised by her grandfather Wilson Roscoe Sr. whom she adored and credited with fostering her inner strength and independent spirit. A gifted student and voracious learner, Margret earned straight "A's throughout her elementary and high school years with exception of one 'B', following which she reportedly cried all day. Returning to Plainfield for high school, in addition to focusing on her studies Margaret also displayed talent as a dancer and artist, played basketball, and was a member of the student council. While raising three children and thriving in a 30-year career as a telecommunications executive with, first, Pacific Bell and next AT&T she also earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science from National University graduating Magna Cum Laude and later earned a Master of Science degree with Honors in Human Resources Management from Chapman University. During "retirement" Margaret became an office manager for H & R Block and a highly regarded Adjunct Professor of Marketing Business and Human Resources at National University.
Relocating to Southern California in early adulthood Margaret became a passionate enthusiast of the game of golf. In fact, babysitting duties with her grandchildren could easily involve them riding alongside her in a golf cart for 18 holes or watching the US Open, Masters, or any golf match, for that matter, on television. Margaret belonged to many golf clubs including the Sierra Lakes Ladies Club and served in many leadership roles including President of both Upland Hills Country Club Women's Golf Association and the Empire Lakes Ladies Golf Club. A tremendous golfer herself, she belongs to the Hole in One Club with three to her credit including two within one month of each other. Golfers admired her on and off the golf course. Other passions included volunteering for the Bob Hope USO, music, reading, crossword puzzles, and her love for her canine "children" Tut (Maltese), Pharoah (Doberman), Beaux, Misty, and Bruno (all schnauzers). Margaret and her high school sweetheart George Smith, Jr married and had three children Kim Yvette Waiters, LVN, Keith Brian Smith, Sr, and Dr. Kevin Scott Smith. In addition to her children she had nine grandchildren: Harold, Jamaal, Keith, Jr, Ladell, Shane, Patricia, Priscilla, Zoli, and Eden; and seventeen great-grandchildren: Kryshara, Harold, IV, London, Christian, Zion, Love, Jaida, Laneya, Ladell, Jr., Shaenel, De Shea, Niley, Cali, Reginald, III, Rylee, Raelynn, and Royce. She is also survived by a sister, Sharon Reynolds, and a brother, Kenny Farley.
In Rancho Cucamonga, Margaret was a faithful believer and servant of Jesus at First Baptist Church and at The Vine Church. She will be greatly missed at both of these churches for her kindness, her smile, encouragement, and joy. Margaret transitioned to eternal life on Sunday, October 11, 2020, with the knowledge that Jesus Christ died for her salvation. Margaret is now rejoicing and celebrating with Jesus. Those who trust in Jesus for our forgiveness look forward to seeing her again.
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