June 13, 1926 - March 25, 2018

Margaret C. Leiter, 91, of Arcadia, Florida, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2018,


Margaret was the daughter of the late Earl Smith and Irma Smith Pattishall. She is preceded in death by husbands Robert M. Aiken, Hugh Gibson and Joseph Leiter, brother Earl R. Smith, sisters Meta Smith Brown, Carolyn Pattishall Sullivan and Edith Ann Smith.


Margaret is survived by her five children, Brenda Aiken Barber (William), Janet Aiken Lebedeff, Vaughn Aiken (Margaret), Robert Aiken, Gary Aiken (Geraldine), sisters Marion Pattishall Smith, Suzanne Pattishall Smith and her extended family Suzanne Leiter Morton (Gary), Terry Leiter (Margo) and Joe Leiter Jr. (Patty). She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren.


Margaret was born in Moore Haven, Florida on June 13, 1926. She often talked about the hurricane that ravaged Moore Haven that year and how her father saved the family by moving them to the attic. She was a U.S. Navy wife when married to the late Robert M. Aiken. They and the five children traveled throughout the United States during a 20-year enlistment. After retirement the family settled in Arcadia, FL in 1959. She worked at G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital until retirement in the 1980’s. She also catered many parties, weddings and high school proms. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends and will always be remembered for her fabulous cooking as well as her gracious smile and loving concern for all. In her later years her life was enriched with Maggie and Lilly, her devoted dog and cat..


A celebration of life will be held at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:00 am. Arrangements provided by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home. Please visit www.pongerkaysgrady.com to leave a condolence to her family.


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