Loraine Ashton Smith born April 6, 1927 in Salt Lake City to Elmer Isaac and Blanche Parkin Ashton, was reunited with the love of her life, Stephen Joseph Smith, on July 28, 2016. She married Stephen Joseph Smith on April 9 and was later sealed in the Salt Lake temple to him and their 9 children. George, Stephanie Bates (Richard), Melvin (Dorle), Vicki Walker (Mac), Jody (Jannine), Mona (deceased), Blanche Chournos (Chris), Joel (Glenda), Lynelle Rich (Steve). She is also has 51 grandchildren, 156 great grandchildren with more on the way, 7 great great grandchildren with many more on the way. Mom was the oldest of 5 siblings, she is preceded in death by 2 brothers, her daughter Mona, and 1 grandchild Dan Walker. She is survived by 3 sisters, Barbara, Mona, Idella.
She was raised in Diamondville Wy, where she was educated in a one room school house her favorite teacher, Maude Sweet, provided her a strong educational foundation. She learned the value of work at a young age on a the Parkin family ranch in WY, through her life she found great joy: milking cows, hauling pipes, hay and wood with her beloved husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren. To help provide for her family she held various jobs outside the home Mom was a stenographer, candled eggs, hauled coal, sold greeting cards, worked at IRS and worked at East Canyon resort this prepared her for her dream job of writing the FlipSide for the Morgan County News. Mom loved serving others, her service started back in WY with the defense of any underdog she was quick to see the needs of others and provide a bowl of soup, a loaf of bread and words of comfort. Hot bread, scones, homemade chicken noodle soup, strawberry freezer jam, corn meal pancakes are some of the flavors and memory she provided for those she loved. She always considered her apple pie to be her signature dish as did many of her inlaws. Mom served in many callings with her favorite being part of the Young Womens organization. Mom’s desire was to have many children, she developed and passed on wonderful traditions to her children, she was the backbone and made happen any and all the wild ideas SJ could come up with. Many of these traditions are carried on and cherished today through the generations. Mom’s home was a haven to many relatives and friends. Mom and Dad shared a love of animals from racing quarter horses, to nurturing an injured deer, and raising 100’s of bum lambs.
As a family we would like to express gratitude for the loving care and fun times provided by the Family Tree.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Porterville LDS Church. A viewing will be held Friday, Aug. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Walker Mortuary in Morgan and Saturday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walker-mortuary.com