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Dona Jean Smith

July 4, 1933 – March 26, 2022

Dona Jean Smith of Waitsburg, Washington.

Was born July 4, 1933, and died on March 26, 2022, at age 88.

She was born in Jamestown, North Dakota to Jay C. and Fern F. (Ford) Weeks.

She was the oldest of 4 children: Sisters Betty Lou and Kathleen and Brother James Weeks.

She married Howard P. Smith on February 1, 1953, and they celebrated their 67th anniversary in 2020. Howard preceded her in death on September 21, 2020.

They had four children: Howard Jr., Debra, Lauri, and Pamela.

She was a fabulous homemaker, seamstress, crafter, and a wonderful mom, grandma, and great-grandma.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, parents Jay and Fern, brother James, brothers-in-law John Payne, Julius Wittman, and John Wood.

She is survived by her children; Howard and Marilou Smith, Debra and Greg Davison, Lauri and John McKinley, and Pam and Andy Hermanns. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly. She is survived by her sisters Betty Lou Branson, Kathleen Payne, Sisters-in-law Lassie Wittman, and Jill Wood as well as Brother-in-Law Orville Branson.

There will be a graveside service on Friday, April 22 at 1 pm at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Waitsburg. There will be a celebration of both Howard and Dona Jean following the service at the Old Towne Hall, 121 Main Street in Waitsburg from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Donations can be made through Herring Funeral Home to the Waitsburg Historical Society, Hospice, or a charity of your choice.


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