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Terri Lee (White) Smith

Terri Lee (White) Smith passed away at Peace Hospice on June 17 surrounded by her loving family.

Memorial services will be held July 26 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Conrad.

Terri was born in Conrad on June 13, 1965, to Marvin and Anita (Barron) White Vandolah, the first of four daughters.

Terri acquired her education in the Conrad School system. 

Her childhood was filled with hours of swimming, riding horses, camping with her family and having lots of sleepovers with her friends. At Terri’s family’s dinner table there was always an extra friend or two or three. If Terri wanted a friend to spend the night, then her sisters did too. Sleeping bags lined the living room floor.

Terri loved to work and didn’t have a lazy bone in her body. Her career led her to a variety of management positions, which eventually led her to office manager of a large company.

Terri married the love of her life, Joe Smith, at Sherri and Joe Judisch’s, her sister and brother-in-law, country home in Conrad.

She loved to cook. Joe maintained that her meatloaf and chili was the best ever made. Terri also loved to entertain friends and family with a wonderful meal, followed by fun nights of playing games. She was known to be very competitive playing Scrabble with her Aunt MaryAnn and mother-in-law Barb. She had her share of wins but could accept a loss gracefully.

Terri and Joe spent many hours fishing, camping and going to rummage sales.

Terri’s family and friends were very important to her. One of her favorite sayings was, “I will love you to the moon and back.” Terri and Joe had an undenying bond and commitment to each other that many never get to experience.

She loved her dogs, Abby, Dixon and Tinker Bell. They consumed a large part of her soft heart.

Her many nieces and nephews, who nicknamed her Aunt Bear, were also very important to her. She was so proud of them and was always on the phone to encourage and compliment them on their achievements.

Terri always said she wanted to be remembered for her zest for life and being happy. Although she struggled with serious health issues all her life, she had a wonderful sense of humor and loved life, always displaying a positive attitude.

Terri is survived by her loving husband Joe; mother and step-father Andy and Anita Vandolah; father and mother-in-law Bob and Barb Smith; sisters: Sherri (Joe) Judisch and family, Kellen, Kyle and Taylor; Tracie DeBolt and son Drew; Toni White and family, Kinsey, MaClay and Tavin; step-brother Doug (Katie) Vandolah and family Lindsey and Ashley; step-sisters Diane (Brad) Brown and family Austin, Clay, Ethan and Foster; Deena Vandolah and family, Lane and Triston; sister-in-law Cindy (Troy) Willis and family Kyle (Paullena) and Cherice; special Aunt and Uncle Lyle and MaryAnn Winkler who loved her like their own daughter. Also special Uncle Lloyd Barron and Aunt Sarah Schweitzer and their families; cousins Ryan and Chad Winkler and their families; and many more aunts, uncles and cousins

She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin White; grandparents James and Bertha Lux, Francis and Minnie White; niece Jordan Judisch and Uncle Lee Schweitzer.

Rest in peace our beloved Terri, until we meet again.

 

Memorials are suggested to Peace Hospice in Great Falls, the First Presbyterian Church in Conrad or a charity of your choice.