Margaret “Peggy” Dantin Smith

Margaret “Peggy” Dantin Smith

Margaret “Peggy” Dantin Smith, of Jacksonville, Florida passed away on Sunday, October 1st, 2023.  She was 76.  Margaret was born on January 30th, 1947, in Corpus Christi, Texas to Edwin and Wilma (Watson) Dantin.  She attended school in Texas and New Jersey and in 1969 graduated from Jacksonville University. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.

Margaret spent her career teaching in elementary schools across America, retiring from S. Bryan Jennings in Clay County in 2001. Aside from her career, Margaret enjoyed traveling, entertaining, cooking and baking (she made the best rum cake and margaritas!), reading and doing cross stitch.

Margaret is survived by her brother-in-law Frank Santos, Winter Park, FL and cousins Carol Dantin Cook, Austin, TX, Aurease “Scottie” Bradshaw, Rowlett, TX, James Watson, Hendersonville, NC, and Lynn Watson Fernandina, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Wilma and her brother Edwin “Dan” Dantin.

A Celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday October 14th at Avondale United Methodist Church, 1651 Talbot Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida, 32205.  Pastor Betsy Clark will officiate.  Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, 4535 Main Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32206.  Arrangements are under the direction and care of Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory – (904) 353-3649.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in remembrance of Margaret to: Canine Companions, 8150 Clarcona Ocoee Rd. Orlando, FL 32818, or online:


  • Lynn Watson Posted October 9, 2023 2:26 pm

    As a first cousin, the youngest

  • Lynn Watson Posted October 9, 2023 2:42 pm

    As the youngest male first cousin of Margaret Dantin, I can honestly say that although Jimmy, Dan and I pestered her as much as possible during those summer days when the Dantin’s visited Jacksonville from Corpus Christi in our preteen and teenage years, , I must admit that we were terrified of her retaliation………As a pre teen, I had never seen anybody sleep so late in the day…her awakening never happened before 2:00 in the afternoon….Margaret was beautiful, loving(when not chasing us), and a great cousin….it’s sad to me that we grew apart in our later years, but love was always evident….You will be missed cuz….see you in the future!

  • Sarah Watson Brown Posted October 9, 2023 4:13 pm

    Dearest Aunt Margaret, I’ll never forget your shenanigans and your zest for life! You were so funny and full of life! The world will certainly be a little more dim without your light! God bless you and may you rest eternally in peace.

  • Sally Brown Posted October 9, 2023 9:35 pm

    Margaret was a beautiful presence in any setting. Everything she did, she did well. She was especially gracious and made everyone feel comfortable when we gathered together.

  • Lyn Santos Posted October 12, 2023 9:29 am

    Rest in peace Margaret…until we meet again. You will be missed here.

  • Charlotte nee’Carrick Taylor Posted October 12, 2023 5:17 pm

    Peggy, dear!
    I grieve that I found you too late but I know that your Spirit surrounds all those who loved you!
    Stay with God

  • Audrey Beckmann (Warren) Posted May 6, 2024 11:53 am

    I am sorry to be coming across this so late. Mrs. Smith (as I knew her) was my 5th grade teacher at S. Bryan Jennings in 1989. She will always be one of the teachers that remain in my memories forever. She was so kind and caring and did so much for me that year. I had an attendance problem and never made it to class on time. She promised me if I got perfect attendance one quarter she would take me George’s Ice Cream (sadly no longer around) in her Corvette. I went to school for 2 weeks with the flu because I wanted to ride in that Corvette so bad. I did have to miss a few days because I was so sick and did not get perfect attendance. She did not hold that against me, we went to George’s after school and I had bubble gum ice cream. It was my favorite back then.

  • Audrey Beckmann (Warren) Posted May 6, 2024 11:53 am

    It said my comment was too long, so I am doing this in two parts: I ran into her at SBJ her last year teaching, I was pregnant with my first child and I was ecstatic that I ran into her. She of course told my husband that I was never on time for class and my hair was never brushed. He responded to her “She still doesn’t brush her hair.” and she laughed. She had a great laugh. My condolences to all her family and friends. She was a wonderful person and she was an even better teacher. I am so thankful to have benefited from having her in my life, even if it was for just a short time.

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