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Lillian "Lil" (Welke) Smith

February 2, 1923 ~ November 2, 2019 (age 96)

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Lillian L. “Lil” Smith was born on February 2, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois to parents, Emil and Otillie Rauch Welke. She died on November 2, 2019 at her home in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 96 years. She was raised and attended schools in Chicago, Illinois. Lil was united in marriage to Jack H. Smith on March 20, 1948 in Hermiston, Oregon. She worked at the Umatilla Army Depot where she retired as the transportation officer in 1978. She and Jack raised their children: Judy, Art and Tim in Hermiston. Lil was a member of the Emblem Club and Trinity Lutheran Church in Hermiston, Oregon. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, socializing, entertaining and had a great sense of humor.

She is survived by her sons: Art Smith & wife Judy, Wellsville, UT, Tim Smith & wife Holly, Burns, OR; son-in-law: Bill Jung, Boise, ID; sister-in-law: Maxine Hermann, Baker City, OR; 5 grandsons; numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Lil was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years: Jack Smith, daughter: Judith Patricia Jung and 3 brothers: Henry and Alfred Welke and George Hermann.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Burns Mortuary Chapel, Hermiston, Oregon.

Burial will follow at the Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Oregon.  

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Funeral Service
November 9, 2019

10:00 AM
Burns Mortuary Chapel
685 W. Hermiston Ave.
Hermiston, OR 97838

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