Jean Smiley was born May 13, 1920, in Two Harbors, Minn., to Harvey and Mabel Scott. She died May 21, 2005, in Hood River, Ore.
Jean graduated from nursing school in Chicago, Ill. After the war she moved to sunny California to leave those cold Midwestern winters behind. She met her husband-to-be, Ralph Smiley, through his sister, Nell, a fellow nurse. They were married in Santa Monica, Calif., on July 29, 1949. She moved with her family to Odell, Ore., in 1959 and was a loving mother and homemaker.
Her brother, Robert Scott of Minnetonka, Minn., preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Ralph, of Odell; son, Robert Smiley of McMinnville, Ore.; daughter, Pam of Odell; stepdaughter, Sherian “Bobbie” Morgan of Ventura, Calif.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Jean’s life was filled with close family and friends and she enjoyed sharing experiences with others. She was always able to find the good in people and situations. She really did live up to her last name. Her travels covered many special destinations throughout the U.S. and Canada, and she had a special fondness for Hawaii.
Her love of beautiful things inspired her to become a painter and she created a house full of paintings that captured the picturesque splendor of the Hood River Valley, as well as the many vibrant colors of flowers that flourished in her yard. She gave many of her works to friends and family as her way of sharing her love of art with others.
Jean was a member of the Red Hat Society and enjoyed the many activities the local society conducted. She wore with pride the special hats and dresses of the society. Fellow Red-Hatter Norma Curtis said she made their gatherings more special because she was so upbeat and relished every bit of the fun they shared; she didn’t make a big deal because she couldn’t see very well, but there was always someone to guide her and make sure she was all right. They will miss her happy smile and twinkle in her eyes, Curtis said.
The friends and family she touched over time will miss her, but their lives are better for just knowing her.
Per Jean’s request, there will be no services. Memorial gifts can be made to The Smile Train, www.smiletrain.org, c/o Anderson Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations) 1410 Belmont Dr., Hood River, OR 97031.