OBIT SmithHilda Marie Smith, 75, of Burns passed away July 9 at her home, surrounded by family. Her death followed a six-year battle with cancer.

Marie, as she was known to most, was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Emmett, Idaho, to Paul and Virginia Mannen.

Marie’s family moved to Hines when she was in the fifth grade after her father got a job at Edward Hines Lumber Co. She was active in 4-H, band and many church activities. She graduated from Burns High School June 1, 1956, and two days later she married the love of her life, Keith Smith. They had only been married one month when Keith was drafted into the army and was gone for the next two years. While Keith was gone, Marie filled her time helping her parents and working at the local electric company, Cal-Pac.

In September 1960, they welcomed their first daughter, Nancy. The family quickly grew over the next few years, with the arrival of Laura, Randy, Steve, George and Ron. The family spent some time in Nyssa, and five years in Crane, as Marie’s husband worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. In the summer of ‘73, the family moved back to Burns.

Marie spent most of her life as a homemaker and stay-at-home mom, and felt that was her most important job. But she also enjoyed her time as a cook at Burns High School and a reading assistant and tutor at Pioneer School in Ontario, where she worked following the move the family had to make in 1984 after the railroad was flooded out in Harney County.

Marie also loved sewing, crocheting, cooking, canning, flowers and camping, but her involvement in her church was of most importance to her. Her earlier years were spent at the Baptist Church in Hines, which then became Faith Baptist Church, and the last 28 years at Bible Baptist in Payette, Idaho. She was most known for her sweet smile and love for others, and her strong faith in God.

In September 2013, Marie moved back to Burns to be closer to her daughters.

Marie is survived by her six children: daughters, Nancy, and husband, Roger Stampke, Laura, and husband, Duane Neuschwander; sons, Randy, Steve and Ron Smith, and George, and wife, Kerri Smith; 13 grandchildren, Nathan, and wife, Amie Stampke, Chris, Patrick and Nolan Stampke, Karla, Julie and Peter Neuschwander, Trevor, Ryan, Josie and Eli Smith, Allyson Smith and Adam Smith; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Carter Stampke; brothers, Tom, and wife, Merilee Mannen, Ben Mannen, Dan and wife, Laurel Mannen, John and wife, Erica Mannen, George and wife, Sylvia Mannen, and Bob and wife, Pat Mannen; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith Smith, and parents, Paul and Virginia Mannen.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church.

Contributions in Marie’s memory may be made to Payette Bible Baptist Church or Faith Baptist Church for missions, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720. Condolences may be made to the family online at


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