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Loretta Kay Smith
July 27, 1935 ~ September 23, 2017
September 27, 2017
Loretta Kay Smith
Loretta Kay Smith, 82, passed away on September 23, 2017, at the Schneidmiller House in Coeur d’Alene. Private arrangements are being made.

Loretta, or Kay as her friends and family knew her, was born to Margaret and Chris Bedortha on July 27, 1935, in Astoria, Oregon, where she grew up and would love to ride her horse Pepper down the fence line and race the cars coming down the road.

Kay was married in 1952 and had two sons, Brad and Bruce Miller. Kay was always looking for that perfect spot to enjoy the rest of her life, moving from California to Brandon, Oregon, then to Green Valley, Arizona, which was her favorite spot of all.

Her son Brad gave her two beautiful grandchildren, Danielle and Travis Miller, Bruce added four more beautiful grandchildren Shandie (Davenport), Shane Miller, Ashley (Gassett) and Joshua Miller. Kay also had eight great-grandchildren.

Kay spent summers in Bonners Ferry with Bruce and her grandchildren for the last 10 years. She loved thrift stores, yard sales and finding treasures at the dump. She would bring them home fix them up and resell them at a yard sale or put them in her house. She could sniff a deal a mile away.

She was married in California to Don Smith, who was truly the love of her life, even after his passing.

Kay spent the last two years of her life in Bonners Ferry. Sadly after two strokes she came to need full time care until she succumbed.

"We know she is at peace with the Lord in Heaven with a fully able body and mind," her family said, "dancing and singing with her love, Don."