Margaret Mary (Waite) Strong, 96, great-grandchildren filled her life with giggles and drawings

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Margaret Mary (Waite) Strong
Margaret Mary (Waite) Strong

Margaret Mary (Waite) Strong died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at the age of 96.

Margaret was raised in Stambaugh, Michigan and was employed as a secretary with the Michigan State Police. She was a former resident of California and Arkansas and has been a Yorktown resident since 1987.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, John “Jack” A. Waite; second husband, George F. Strong; brothers, Cecil, Edward and Jimmie Hanold; and sister, Eileen Blackburn.

She is survived by her son, Mark Waite (Linda), of Yorktown; stepdaughter, Sharon Dewey, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; brothers, Mark Hanold, of Bradley, Illinois and Joe Hanold, of Iron River, Michigan; grandchildren, John Waite (Ashley), Stephanie Waite (Ned Weiberg) and Sarah Waite (Jason Jones); great-grandchildren, Sequoia, Iris and Hazel Waite and Elijah and Isla Jones; and Chihuahua, Peanut.

Her joy was watching her three grandchildren grow up. She was part of their daily lives, attended all their many activities and regularly baked cookies for their various sport teams. She was blessed further with five great-grandchildren who filled her life with giggles, drawings, dances and songs.

Graveside services will be private. A reception will be held at her home at noon Sept. 2, 2015.

Memorial donations may be made to the Peninsula SPCA, 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Please leave online condolences for the family in the comment section below. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home.

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