Jan. 13, 1941 - June 27, 2012
Judith Carey Smith, 71, of Salmon, Idaho, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the Marcus Daily Hospice Care Center in Hamilton, Mont. She was born Jan. 13, 1941, in Walla Walla, the daughter of the late Arthur Allen Carey and Laura Elsa Kelly.
Judy passed away after a 3-year battle with cancer. She fought a courageous fight, never once letting her illness waver her resolve to battle the cancer that finally took her life. Judy loved wearing all the different hats her grandchildren gave her to wear when the chemotherapy took her hair.
She spent many years with her soul mate, Bruce Whitson, at his ranch, where she loved baking, gardening, planting spring flowers, teaching her granddaughter how to make freezer jam, sugar cookies, baked apple pie and occasionally letting them have ice cream for breakfast. Judy often spoke of how she loved coming back to her roots as a farm girl while living on the ranch with Bruce. Judy was raised in Walla Walla, where she was the granddaughter of John G. Kelly, the founder of the Union-Bulletin. She graduated from Walla Walla High School and was a Farmerette for the 1959 Walla Walla Frontier Days. She loved riding horses and competed in barrel racing. She attended Steven's College in Missouri. She married David McKinney (deceased), and they farmed in Pasco and had three children. During this time Judy worked for a number of banks as a loan officer and assistant branch manager and for the Department of Human Health Services. Judy later found love again after David's passing and married Clinton Smith (deceased) and moved to Salmon, Idaho. She worked for many businesses while being married to Clinton for 20 years.
Judy is survived by one brother, David and wife Maralyn Carey of Walla Walla; two sons, John and wife Holly McKinney of Sachse, Texas, and Bob and wife Becky McKinney of Pasco; one daughter, Laurie and husband Larry Schober, of Salmon, Idaho. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Zach, Spencer, Miranda, Adrianna and Annalisa.
Judy will be laid to rest during a private family gathering later this summer. Memorial may be made to the Marcus Daly Hospice Center, 1200 Westwood Dr, Hamilton, MT 59840.