Eula Leone Seely Smith, 80, of Thatcher, Idaho passed away July 2, 2015 surrounded by her loving family in the Franklin County Medical Center, after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.
Leone was preceded in death by her siblings, Joseph Boyd, James Dale, Morris Ruel, Eva Adella, and Clair Leon. She is survived by her husband, Norman Ross Smith, and seven daughters, Marianne Coburn (Sheldon), Kathy Thomas (Scott), Lynnette Stratton (Ken), Holly Riley (Dave), Connie Page (Dennis), Stephanie Kunkel (Steven), and Stacie Steadman (Derek). She is also survived by her sister Helen Caroline Harvey and by her 27 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
Leone was born Dec. 31, 1934 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah to Ruel and Eula Jorgensen Seely, where she had a happy childhood surrounded by extended family. She attended grade school there, then studied secretarial skills at Brigham Young University before moving to Salt Lake City and beginning her employment as a secretary. There she met her future husband Ross. They were married in the Manti Temple. Together they lived in Fairbanks, Alaska; Cleveland, Idaho; Logan, Utah; Preston, Idaho; and Thatcher, Idaho. Leone worked as a secretary, bookkeeper, and many other jobs during her busy life. She was the bookkeeper for the mining business she and her husband owned. She was a vivacious mother and friend, who approached all her responsibilities and activities wholeheartedly. She loved her husband and children and devoted her energy to giving them wonderful lives. Her faith in Jesus Christ and her testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints were unwavering. She loved music and blessed many as she performed in singing groups and served in Primary, Relief Society, and Ward Choir callings in the LDS Church. She loved collecting recipes, playing card and board games, the Utah Jazz, and holding yard sales. She held in her heart every friend she met, including the many medical caregivers who showed her kindness during her final illness.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at noon in the Thatcher/Williams Ward Church, 2060 Niter Bench Road, Niter, Idaho. Friends may call Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 South 800 East, Preston, Idaho and Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Cleveland, Idaho Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.webbmortuary.com