Jean Smillie

jean smillie

Jean Smillie, 84, Fargo, ND, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Jean Kathryn Krak was born October 27, 1929 at Cavalier, ND to Ruben and Irene (Schluchter) Krak.  She was raised on a farm and graduated from Hamilton High School.  

She married Robert S. Smillie in Cavalier ND on March 22, 1948.  They farmed near Hamilton until retirement.  They moved to Fargo in 2004.

Jean is survived by her son, Robert R. Smillie, Hamilton ND; daughter, Kathryn (Ken) Dahl, West Fargo, ND; daughter-in- law Janna Smillie, Fargo, ND; Grand children -  Jennifer (Jimmy) Holmes, Coweta OK; Lucas (Kristin) Smillie, Regent, ND, Rebekah Smillie, Williston, ND; Christina (Monty)  Guthrie, Springfield VA; and Chad Dahl, Scottsdale AZ; Great-grandchildren - Nicholas Holmes, Stillwater, OK;  Samantha (Shaun) Smart, Broken Arrow, OK; Tate Smillie, Regent, ND; Connor Guthrie and Alex Guthrie, Springfield VA; Sister,   Norma Keena, Hillsboro, ND; sister-in-law Carol Sparrow,   Mesa AZ; and many well-loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, sisters,     Mildred Apuli and Ruby Vistad, and sister-in-law Myrtle Kemp.

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  1. Jean and Bob lived in the same condo building as my parents, Norm and Margaret Gall. I had the good fortune to enjoy some of Jean’s baking periodically – her caramel rolls were to die for!! She was often my “go to” person at the condo after mom passed away, and I always enjoyed visiting with her. I know she will be greatly missed by all of you.

  2. Cavalier ND
    We were so very sorry to hear that Jean passed away. Many fond memories of visiting her at her Hamilton home. She will certainly be missed by all who had the good fortune to know her. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Mike and Linda Busse

  3. Regent North Dakota
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all on this day – Jean was a wonderful person with a generous heart. She made us feel so welcome in her home on our visits to see Kristin, Luke and Tate. She was witty, fun and let you know what she thought – which is one of things that endeared her to us, to the point where were we felt like she was our grandma as well, and we know that while she will be very missed by everyone, she has found the peace she was ready for. Love to all of you on this difficult day…
    Dave and Denise Jahner

  4. Cavalier ND
    I happened to see a Fargo Forum today with Jean’s obituary and was surprised and saddened. It was always a joy to have a visit with her and hear her wonderful laughter and have her share stories of my parents and grandparents. My sympathy to all Jean’s family. You were very dear to her.

  5. Seneca KansasKathy, Robbie, and Family,

    We have so many wonderful memories
    of Jean and Bob, and will hold them dear
    in our hearts. We’re so thankful that we were able to stop and see Jean the last time we came to North Dakota
    . She always made us cinnamon rolls!
    Our love and sympathy,
    Ron , Mavis, and Aleece Johnson

  6. Fargo North Dakota
    To the Smillie Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Jean was a “Delight” to visit with. I loved her dearly and your Dad. She will be missed by many who loved her. She always “Brightened” up the day. What a privilege it was to know her.

  7. Cavalier North Dakota
    Robbie, Kathy & Families…So sorry to hear of Jean’s passing, she’s in a better place now. She was always so full of fun & laughter! I know you have many good times that will get you through these bad times…always remember her jokes & Her smiles & that will help! She’s probably up there playing cards with George & Dorothy, Esther & Bob & all the rest of the gang!!! You are in our thoughts.

  8. Barnesville MN
    Kathy, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I know that you will miss her. You were a great daughter to her. Your work “family” is thiking about you and your loved ones. “Hugs” to you all.

  9. Moorhead Aunt Jean, you will be missed by my family. You were so good to my wife and kids this last year, and I will cherish your good example of how to live a generous and meaningful life.

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