Sharlene Lorraine Smith

March 8, 1934
September 14, 2023 (89 years old)

Sharlene Lorraine Smith of Eveleth, Minnesota, was a radiant beacon of love and strength, whose departure from this world on September 14, 2023, has left a void that cannot be filled. Born to the late Vilho and Ursilla Backman (Prout), Sharlene grew up embodying the values of family, dedication, and kindness. Her life’s journey of 89 years was marked by moments of joy, challenges, love, and learning.

In her youth, Sharlene shared a special bond with her sister Shirley Horoshak, whose memories she cherished until her last breath. The core of Sharlene’s world was her family. Reed M. Smith, her devoted husband, was her anchor, providing her with unwavering support and companionship. Together, they built a life filled with memories, adventures, and milestones.

Sharlene was the proud mother to her sons Scott Smith (Margie) of Eveleth, Mark Smith (Mary Jo) of Virginia, and Barry Smith (Peri) of Buckeye, Arizona. Her role didn’t stop at being a loving mother; she was an adoring grandmother to Lisa, Sara Louma (Matt), Ryan Smith (Blair), and Ashley Barton (Kyle). Every family gathering, holiday, or casual visit was made special with her presence. The giggles and laughter of her great-grandchildren, Easton, Parker, and Emme Louma, Paisley and Barton, and Irie and Jude Smith, were music to her ears.

Sharlene’s impact goes beyond her immediate family. Her kindness, grace, and wisdom touched many lives. Those who knew her, near and far, are invited to leave messages of condolence and share memories on this memorial page, celebrating a life that was beautifully lived and will be deeply missed.

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