Obituary: Margaret Jean (Smith) Yarranton
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Margaret Jean (Smith) Yarranton, died Sunday, February 20, 2022, in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., after a brief hospitalization.
Born May 7, 1936 in Cowes on the Isle of Wight, England, she was the daughter of the late Ronald S. Smith and the late Eileen (Neale) Smith.
After growing up on the Isle of Wight, England, she moved to London, England, where she worked in a cancer research lab before marrying her former husband, Arthur Yarranton.
In 1962 they moved from England to the United States in the Boston, Massachusetts area. For Margaret, an only child, it was wonderful to finally be near her Uncle Charles and Aunt Ivy and their daughters, her cousins Ellen, Ann Lee, Ivy “Nicky” and Victoria “Tia”.
After raising her children, she opened an antique store with two friends in Belmont, Mass. and continued to sell antiques until her retirement, when she began living her dream of becoming an artist. She then moved to New Hampshire and Maine. For the past 30 years, she has split between Maine and Florida, spending summers in Maine and winters in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Margaret was very proud of her British heritage, and in particular of her father and his role as a key military meteorologist to help plan the assault on the Normandy beaches for D-Day operations.
She was a free spirit and an avid reader with a passion for the arts. She had a special eye for all things sea-related. She loved painting on old paddles, buoys and other wooden artifacts. Although she lived far from her children and grandchildren, she called frequently to update us on her daily life as well as those she loved. She was an avid consumer of vintage long before it became fashionable. Her home was in Florida but her heart was in Maine. We miss you mom/grandma.
She is survived by two sons, Nigel John Yarranton of St Thomas, USVI; son, Neal Evan Yarranton and wife Kristen, of Pembroke, Mass. and their children William and Davis; daughter, Judith Ellen Yarranton Rossebo and her husband Halldor of Oslo Norway and their children Henriette and Christopher.
Arrangements: A celebration of life will be held at Newburyport Senior Center, 331 High St., Newburyport, Mass. at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 18.
In lieu of flowers, the family offers a contribution to Doctors Without Borders.
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