Margaret May (Borden) Smith Borden, 100, died September 13 at home in Bourne.
She was born in Fall River to the late Robert and Margaret (Austin) Borden.
Because her mother was raising five children as a single parent, she left high school early to help support the family. She met Robert F. Smith and they were married on June 29, 1942. Soon her husband left for service in the US Army and the couple would not be reunited until 1945 after three years of World War II.
During this period she worked at the Torpedo Station in Newport, Rhode Island, as a bookkeeper. She had previously attended Thibodeau’s Business School in Fall River.
Once her husband was back home, the couple began their family, and nine months later the first of what would be five children was born.
She also did bookkeeping for Marshall Electric Co. of Fall River and, later, People Incorporated, a nonprofit human services agency, also in Fall River.
After they had shared 40 years of marriage, her husband died in 1982 after a long illness while the couple was living in Somerset.
Her aunt, Gert Borden Howarth, invited her to Florida while also inviting the widowed Malcolm F. Borden, a WWII and Korean War veteran who had been married to Margaret Smith’s cousin. Her aunt’s role of matchmaker was successful, and she once again used the surname of Borden after the two were married on January 27, 1989, at West Congregational Church in Taunton.
During their 31 years of marriage the couple traveled across the globe and their blended family of nine children enjoyed many happy times together. For her 90th birthday in 2010 on May Day—the day on which Ms. Borden was born and thus her middle name—she danced around a May Pole with her great-grandchildren during a party of at least 80 attendees.
Ms. Borden was an accomplished seamstress, making all her children’s clothes right through high school, even dinner jackets for the boys. Later in life she found that she had artistic talent; many of her pieces hang in her family’s homes. She enjoyed classical music, and loved dancing and piano playing.
In addition to her husband, she leaves two daughters and their husbands, Carolyn and Paul Hebert and Paula and Jack O’Neil, with whom she lived in Bourne; two sons and their wives, Robert and Charline Smith and William and Cindy Smith; the children and families of her husband; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and other family.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Elizabeth Bessette.
Funeral services will be private.