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Obituary for Leona M. Smith

Funeral Services will be at 11 am, Saturday, July 15, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Long Prairie for Leona Marie Smith, , beloved mother, grandmother and aunt, passed from this temporary life into eternal life with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 9, 2017. Pastor Paul Twist will officiate and burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Long Prairie. Family and friends may call from 5-8 pm, Friday and one hour prior to services on Saturday at First Baptist Church. Arrangements entrusted to Williams Dingmann Funeral Home – Stein Chapel, Long Prairie.
She was born at the family farm December 29, 1927 in Reynolds Township, Todd County, Minnesota.
She attended the "Bous" one room school in Reynolds Townships for eight years, then four years at Long Prairie High School, graduating in 1946.
She married Lyle Smith on December 29, 1946, her 19th birthday. Together they, along with Lyle's two brothers, created a road construction and concrete business as well as a fleet of school buses serving the local school district. Following Lyle's retirement in 1976 they served a year as missionaries at Ivory Coast Academy, Ivory Coast, West Africa where she worked as the assistant cook to 125 students as well as the staff.
Leona's interests included international missions work, selling Avon from her bicycle in Long Prairie, and participating in the annual Fort Seward wagon train, a week-long excursion near Jamestown, North Dakota. She survived breast cancer in 1979 and pancreatic cancer in 1984. She was the longest surviving pancreatic cancer patient treated at the University of Minnesota Hospital.
Leona was a member of First Baptist Church in Long Prairie where she served in various roles including Bible school leader and international missions.
Survivors include her five children: James (Heather) of Coon Rapids; Jane (Joe) Roman of Vita, Manitoba; Daniel (Kristine) of Arden Hills; Douglas (Connie) of Minneapolis; Thomas (Lisa) of Chanhassen; brother Robert Bous of Inver Grove Heights, Wilma Finseth of Long Prairie, Virginia Arone of Coon Rapids, and Jeanne Bous of Minnetonka, thirteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lyle; her daughter in law, Kathy; two sisters, Mildred and Isabelle; and brother, Harold.


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Visitation

Friday

14

Jul

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
First Baptist Church

401 4th Street
Long Prairie, Minnesota 56347

Visitation

Saturday

15

Jul

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
First Baptist Church

401 4th Street
Long Prairie, Minnesota 56347

Funeral Service

Saturday

15

Jul

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
First Baptist Church

401 4th Street
Long Prairie, Minnesota 56347

Cemetery Details

Location

Evergreen Cemetery - Long Prairie

Long Prairie, MN 56347

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