Maralee Smith

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Maralee (Johnson) Smith was a deeply passionate mother, wife, sister and daughter, honored for her compassion and zeal and mourned in her passing.

Surrounded by her husband and sons on Feb. 13, 2017, her spirit was released from her mortal frame through a priesthood prayer given by her husband. Her last breath of life was taken as these men sang the hymn, "Lead, Kindly Light," releasing her body to suffer no more from the cancer afflicting her.

Fulfilling her commitment to God and her testimony of Jesus Christ, we confide in the joy of knowing she has entered the rest of her Heavenly Father, reuniting with her sister, Margot Bingham, and father, Gaylen Morris Johnson.

Born on Feb. 11, 1955 in Murray, Utah, to Gaylen and Alaire (Lewis) Johnson, Maralee had an energetic childhood in Colorado, Ohio and Pennsylvania. She married William Lee Juhasz and divorced after four years.

She married and was sealed to Kenneth Albert Smith on April 18, 1984, in the Jordan River Temple and raised eight boys. They lived in California and ended up eventually in Idaho, settling in Mountain Home.

She was very talented creating new things and music. She rarely complained of her situation, having an uncanny ability to weather most hardships with a smile.

She's survived by her husband, Kenneth Albert Smith; her sons and their wives, Ron Myron and Wanda Montano (Garcia) Smith, Kregg Alan and Isabella Ruby (Buhler) Smith, Jayson Paul and Brittanie Elaine (Hall) Smith, Gaylen Grant & Tracy Danay (Matheson), Quentin Albert and Jessica Darylse (Dobbins), Eric Boyd & Bethany Elaine (Law), Spencer Taylor and Alice Elinor (Kuebitz), and Victor LeVan Smith; her 21 grandchildren; her mother, Alaire Johnson; and her siblings, Cynthia Conley, Claudia Olson Haney, Todd Johnson, Tonja Ethington, Randy Johnson, Heidi Allan, Aneladee Milne, Doyle Johnson and Desiree Porter.

Services were held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at the Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints, and burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery, in Mountain Home. Arrangements were under the care of Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.