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Linda Marie (Siewert) Smith, 79, of St. Thomas, ND, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Unity Hospital, Grafton, ND.
Linda was born in Grafton on August 21, 1937, to Elmer and Dorothy (Felt) Siewert. She attended St. Thomas Public School and the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in rural St. Thomas.
Linda married Ralph Smith on July 10, 1955, in St. Thomas, ND, and together they raised three children, Wesley Smith, Lynette Smith, and LeAnn (Ernie) Aguilar.
When Linda married Ralph, she became a part of the entire Smith family. Linda enjoyed being part of both families.
Linda worked and played hard all her life, never afraid to give anything a try! She drove farm truck, was well known for her meticulous skills hanging wall paper, painting interiors, upholstery, and her beautiful flower gardens. She enjoyed riding snowmobiles, skiing, curling, bowling, square dancing, sewing, or crafting of any kind. There wasn't much she couldn't fix, sew, or patch. She also recycled, reused, and refurbished just about anything. In the last years of her life she was known as "The Rug Lady", making many beautiful rugs, many of them custom designed. She was an avid bingo player and loved Texas Hold Em, winning a couple local tournaments. She was an active participant in the community and shared her fabulous Divinity every Christmas! Linda was also a proud member of the United Methodist Church, the Hobby and Culture Guild, and the Birthday Club. Linda was always there for whatever you needed, she was a caregiver to all.
Linda is survived by her husband Ralph; three children: Wesley, Lynette, and LeAnn; four grandchildren: Krystal (Toren) Mohs, Devin (Crystal) Aguilar, Nichole Aguilar, and Dylan (Cassidey) Aguilar; four great-grandchildren: Dustin Aguilar, Teel Mohs, Rosalinda Aguilar, and Kingston Aguilar with one more on the way.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Kenneth, Wayne, and Paul; nephews: Douglas Siewert, David Siewert, and Curtis Siewert; special family members: Jean (Smith) Siewert, Stuart Smith, Neil Smith, and many other special relatives over her long life.
Per Linda's wishes, she has donated her body to the University of North Dakota Medical School. Linda also requested that we not hold a traditional service, but instead will plan a Celebration of Life/ Irish Wake-fest (had to add the fest since she is actually German: sometime this summer. Notifications will be posted and all family and friends are welcome to join us in remembrance.
My prayers go out to you LeAnn! Your mother was one of the sweetest ladies I had the honor of caring for at the home! I didn't assist her physically but I served her as best I could. I miss her grabbing the coffee off of my cart, having me grab her $1 bills out from underneath her seat of her wheelchair for the extra caramel rolls she would get for her and her hubby every Sunday!! She was more then a joy to work for!! I will never forget her😇
Lori Contreras Mar 28 2017 12:00 AM
what a lovely tribute to Linda. She would love it. I'm so sorry for your loss! Thinking of all of you during this sad time.
Jenni Swenson Mar 27 2017 12:00 AM
We loved Linda!! She was such a force in our church and had the biggest heart. I will never eat a piece of divinity without thinking of her and I treasure my beautiful rug. There is more fun in Heaven these days!!
Bobbi and Pete Carson Mar 26 2017 12:00 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. Although we moved away from N.D many years ago I have very fond memories of Aunt Linda and times spent at their house when I was young.My thoughts are with you all.
Debi Larson Ollard Mar 25 2017 12:00 AM
I have many fond memories of Linda (and Ralph). Her brother Paul was my best friend, so I spent some time out on their farm. I also worked for Ralph at different times while growing up. The entire Rawlins family sends their condolences.
Leonard Rawlins Mar 25 2017 12:00 AM
You and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers
Suzanne Johnsen Mar 25 2017 12:00 AM
My heart is heavy with sadness at the loss of our Auntie Linda. She was full of spunk and always kept everyone on their toes!
Anita Zavalney Mar 24 2017 12:00 AM
Thoughts and prayers for the family at this difficult time. What a beautiful soul Linda was, blessing everyone she met with something she offered in life. She will be greatly missed! "Linda, you do deserve a great celebration of life.💋"
Leigh Christinson Mar 24 2017 12:00 AM