Jean Smith died April 16, 2013 at the home of her daughter, Tina Szczepanski in Yakima, Washington. She was 81 years old.
Jean was born in Tacoma, Wash., on June 27, 1931, but spent her early childhood years in Syracuse, Kansas and Durango, Colorado. She later moved to Terry, Mont., where she met Lysle Robert “Bob” Buckingham. They were married on February 16, 1947 in Terry, and raised 5 children there. They later divorced.
Jean married Joe “Jae” Leroy Smith on November 20, 1971, in Sheridan, Wyoming. They lived in Billings, Montana; Spokane, Washington; Capistrano Beach, California and Eureka, California. When Jae died in 1998, Jean moved to Yakima, Washington, to be near her daughter.
She is survived by her five children: Larry and Linda Buckingham, Etta and Jim Burnham and Hal Buckingham, all of Billings; Tina and Dean Szczepanski of Yakima; and Julie Kaufman of Miles City, Mont. In addition, she is survived by 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Yakima Memorial Hospital Hospice program for their outstanding assistance and support. Donations can be made to the hospice program of the donor’s choice, in Jean’s name.
Rainier Memorial Center is caring for her arrangements. There are no services planned at this time.
Published April 24, 2013