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Linda Smith

Linda Smith

Tuesday, October 2nd, 1945 - Saturday, July 25th, 2020
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Linda Lee Smith was born October 2, 1945 in Los Angeles, California to Walter and Sue Stansberry. She left this world on the tail of the Neowise comet July 25, 2020. She died at home surrounded by friends and family sending her off with songs, stories, laughter, barking dogs and popsicles.

Linda was well known for her garden and the delicious meals she would create from her harvest. She cherished listening to her husband, Bill’s, beautiful voice and guitar playing that she fell in love with 54 years ago. Making dilly beans and pickles, canning jam, baking bread, knitting socks were only a few of the ways Linda took care of the ones she loved. Every holiday and birthday was so special because of her creativity and attention to detail. She loved to make people smile.

The most lasting legacy of Linda is that she always found a way to laugh and make others join her. She could find humor in absolutely everything, even throughout the trials of Parkinson’s disease. Nothing was so heavy that the levity of laughter couldn’t lighten.

Out of all of her talents, she shined the brightest in her love for her husband Bill, her children Molly and Chad, her Grandkids Jude, Edie, Rufus and Truman and her cooking rival son-in-law Joseph Padulo.
Linda found joy in the smell of a sweet pea, the marvel of a hummingbird and the sharp crunch of a Honeycrisp apple. She enjoyed the simple pleasures of life for the treasure it was. She died a very rich woman.

If you wish to honor the memory of Linda, please consider making a donation to Wood River Hospice or just find time to share a laugh with a stranger, a cuddle with a pet or a meal with a friend.
Thank you, Linda, for the wonderful years we had with you. You have made an indelible, loving impression in our hearts and our lives that will keep us well fed with memories and comfort for the rest of our years.
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    Cremation under the care of Wood River Chapel
    403 N. Main Street
    HAILEY, ID 83333
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    A Memorial is being planned on her birthday October 2, 2020
  • Interment

    Hailey Cemetery
    541 E. Fox Acres Road
    HAILEY, ID 83333
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Patty Busch Stewart

Posted at 04:23pm
Bill & Linda had the most wonderful musical evenings! Was just a treat to be part of them.

Patricia Randall

Posted at 05:02pm
Linda was a dear friend , half of a wonderful couple with Bill who we played card and board games with in the winter months watching the snow fall outside. Her garden and cooking and jam making inspired me and of course her great laughter!!! we had a very disasterous canoe trip, 4 couples and ended up in the reeds not happy campers. My husband of 48 years passed 5 years ago so she will be playing games with him and Gary Hardman for sure. They had moved up from La Costa California and we were also Californians and moved back to La Costa and now reside in old Carlsbad, Ca.

Much love to Bill and family and all of our old dear Hailey Friends!
Pat Braegger, Randall

Beverly Angell

Posted at 12:33pm
Dear Bill and family,
What a lovely tribute to Linda. I wish I could be there to hug you Bill, I really miss that. Take care and know how much we all love you and hold you in our hearts. Hope to see you before too long.
Love and prayers,
Beverly Angell

Peter and Kristy Glen

Posted at 09:35pm
Love and miss you.
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Bege Reynolds John Sweek Posted at 05:10pm

Bege Reynolds and John Sweek Oh my goodness our dear neighbor Linda will be missed by all of us and our neighborhood won't be the same as it was with her holiday decorations especially Halloween. Every year with all our 3 children we came to trick or Treat at Linda and Bill's house and it was like magic entering into her amazing yard decorated so wonderfully. But truth be told John came even when the kids were grown to get one of her homemade popcorn balls. We will miss you so much Linda. Bless you, your kindness, humor and stories. Our love and prayers go out to Bill, Molly and Chad and all the grandchildren and family.

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