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Maggie Juanita Driggers
November 4, 1931 ~ November 7, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old
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Maggie Juanita Driggers, a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on November 7, 2023. She was born on November 4, 1931, in Upshur County, Texas, to William Ernest and Roxie Smith.
Her love knew no bounds, extending to her husband, Roger W. Driggers, with whom she shared 59 years of marriage. They were an example of unwavering love and devotion.
Maggie was a sister to her brothers, Danny Cal Smith and David Ray Smith, and her sisters, Annis Brady and Peggy McLendon. She was lovingly called “Peet” by her family.
Maggie's legacy lives on through her daughters, Juli Wade (Michael) and Martha Thornburgh. She cherished her role as Grandma to grandsons Jared Wade (Alyssa) and Chase Wade (Sarah) and took great joy in her great-granddaughters, Hannah, Kathryn, and Olivia. Maggie was an aunt to many beloved nieces and nephews, who also held a special place in her heart.
She was a woman of remarkable achievements. Maggie graduated from Union Hill High School, East Texas Teacher's College, and Texas Christian University (TCU). Her career spanned many roles, from teacher to counselor, and she also dedicated herself to teaching English as a Second Language. She served in various communities, including Gilmer, Wascom, Fort Worth, Hurst, Nacogdoches, and Hot Springs. She was a cherished member of her family and community.
Maggie's heart was a wellspring of kindness, and she was a great listener who could see into the depths of one's soul. She was a sweet spirit, known for her caring and nurturing nature, touching the lives of all those fortunate enough to know her. Her thoughtfulness made her a good neighbor and friend to all.
Maggie's unwavering faith was a cornerstone of her life, and she served as a devoted Christian. Her well-worn Bible bore witness to her daily study and devotion to her faith. She lived her faith through her actions, leaving an indelible mark on those around her.
Her love for her family was immeasurable, and she was always available to help, listen, and care for their needs. She took great pride in the accomplishments of her daughters, grandsons, and great-granddaughters.
She loved the piney woods and all of God’s creation. She delighted in watching the birds and squirrels play outside her window and going for walks in the woods.
For over 50 years, Maggie organized and nurtured the Smith Family Reunion, keeping the bonds of family strong. She cherished her church families at First Baptist Hurst, First Baptist Nacogdoches, and Balboa Baptist (Hot Springs Village).
Maggie possessed a grateful heart and celebrated the goodness in others. She will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her, but her legacy of love, faith, and caring will forever remain in the hearts of her family and friends.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Greenwood Manor, the Mount Carmel Community, and Dierksen Hospice for the love and care they provided to Mama during her later years.
A celebration of life for both Maggie and her devoted husband Roger, who passed away on September 23, 2020, will be held at Smyrna Methodist Church in Diana, Texas. The service will be held Friday, November 10, at 1:30 pm with a viewing at the church just before at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Local Missions Ministry at one of the three churches listed above.