Jean Marie (DeVoir) Smith

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Jean Marie (DeVoir) Smith

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Jean Smith

Jean Marie (DeVoir) Smith

 

Jean Marie (DeVoir) Smith, 88, passed away peacefully and spiritually surrounded by family in her son’s home on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Jean was born on Oct. 20, 1931, in Roundup, to Ann (Jatzeck) and Harry Rogerson. In 1939, Ann married Patrick DeVoir who lovingly adopted Jean as his daughter. Jean loved and was loved by her siblings, Sharon, Michel and Patrick.

Jean married J. Ivan Smith on Aug. 20, 1951. They lived in Great Falls, Butte and Sidney before buying a home in Billings. Their son, David, was born on April 13, 1963. Jean worked as a tax preparer and had fond memories at Kelly Accounting. In 1978, Jean and Ivan started Seafoods of the World, a seafood wholesale, distributing, and retail company in Billings. Her son took over the company in 1995.

Jean enjoyed fishing and friends on the Madison River, traveling, Vegas, bingo and gardening. She is known for her strawberries and prized roses. Jean was admired as a devoted caregiver to many. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her son David, his wife Michelle and grandchildren Taylor (Keaton) Leuthold, Rebecca Smith, and Parker Smith all of Billings; three siblings, Sharon (Everett) Williams of Sidney, Michel (John) DeGroat of Camas, Washington, and Patrick DeVoir of Billings; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Memorials may be made to Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church or to a botanical garden of your choice.

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  1. Dave, Michelle, and family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. May the good memories of her life with all of you help in the coming days to ease the sorrow of your loss.
    John and Debbie Miller

  2. How lovely Jean was! She was gracious and kind, a real friend. When I came to visit Merle (her across-the-hall neighbor) we both enjoyed her encouraging visits. She and Merle shared goodies, quiet talks, and reliving memories. We have missed her these past weeks but knew her loving family was caring for her every need. Thank you for sharing her with us. We will always love her. We are praying for God’s comfort to wrap you up!

  3. Dave, Michelle, and family, Sorry for your loss. I remember when I was a kid she would often have treats for us when we dropped off the afternoon paperwork. She was such a happy and kind person with a smile on her face. She will be missed.

    Steve Bertrand

  4. Michelle, Dave and family – I just saw this obituary and wanted say how sorry I am for your loss. I had some smiles, remembering the wonderful visits with her when your children were little. We loved surprising her by stopping by her home near Rocky College on our regular walks. She was part of that ‘village’ we all need and she was a gift in my life.

    Molly and Gary Mills

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