Darleen Smith

August 17, 1933


November 12, 2020

Darleen Smith

August 17, 1933


November 12, 2020

Darleen Smith, of Billings, passed away too soon on Nov. 12, 2020, after more than two weeks battling COVID-19.

Born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on Aug. 17, 1933, she married the love of her life, Walter Smith, in 1953, and they started a family together, resulting in three children: Kim, Kristi and Kelly. She lived in Worland, Wyoming, for many years until Walt died in 1983. Darleen worked as Deputy County Assessor in Worland until retiring in 1988. After the passing of her husband, Darleen moved to Billings to be near her sister Helen Erickson, whom she was extremely close with.

Darleen had a deep passion for many things, including music, theater and politics. She was a beloved volunteer at the Billings Studio Theatre. Her compassion, generosity, kind nature, humor and energy was contagious to all who had the pleasure of meeting her. Darleen loved to travel and was always up for an adventure. She had many escapades as a member of Global Grannies, traveling from Europe to Alaska. Age was definitely just a number to Darleen; she was 83 years old when she took her first hot air balloon ride. Although her death was sudden and tragic, we will all cherish the memories and moments we had with her. From our traditional lunch and shopping dates, laughs on the beach and meaningful conversations at family dinners. Darleen loved spending time in the kitchen, creating delicious meals for her family and friends, and no visit from Grammy Darleen was complete without her famous cinnamon rolls. Darleen had many friends and was very social. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and granddogs. She was spunky with a witty sense of humor, and she will be forever missed.

Darleen is survived by her sister, Helen Erickson; her children, Kim Smith, Kristi Smith and Kelly Thayer; her two favorite sons-in-law, Mike Smith and Ron Thayer; her nephews, Duffy Exon and Ed Erickson; her grandchildren, Abbi, Mike, Bradley, Patricia, Paula, Veronica, Sami, Chrissy, Seth, Nick and Victoria; great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Emma, Hannah, Grayson, Lily, Evan, Dean Robert and Braylee.

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18 thoughts on “Darleen Smith”

  1. Such a beautiful person! Loved her like my own mother.
    So sorry for your loss Kim, Kristi, and Kelly
    With all my love,

  2. Darleen and I worked together at the courthouse for many years. There were very few dull moments! We laughed a lot. We still kept in touch after she retires. She knew how to enjoy life to the fullest! My thoughts and prayers go out to all her family!!

  3. I work for Alliance and I looked forward to her calls every Monday for Groceries! She was a joy to work with and to talk to! I will truly miss hearing her voice. Thoughts and prayers to her family. See will be greatly missed!

  4. Teri Chorum Rabun

    Darlene and family were my neighbors across the street. So many fun and wonderful me.ories. I’m so sorry for your loss Kim Kristie and Kelly. My thoughts are with you all.

  5. Our prayers are with you all at this extremely difficult time …our hearts are broken for you all. 🙏🏼❤️

  6. I so enjoyed Darlene. She and I shared some good times and
    Her delightful food treats and conversation
    Sending sincere condolences

  7. This is such a loss — I’m sending love to all who loved her most: Helen, Kristi, Kelly, Kim and all their kids. Darleen shines such a bright light I can see it from here. Take care of your hearts. ❤

  8. Kim, Kristi and Kelly, I have never met you but I feel like I know you. Such a loss, I know your hearts are broken. The first time I met her we were at a Global Grannies dinner. She had just learned that I was a widow and that I was part of the Global Grannies line dancers group. She looked at me very serious like and said “What would your husband say about that”? We immediately became good friends. Missing her.

  9. I enjoyed many evenings playing cards with her at Barb Blehm’s house whenever I was in Billings for an overnight. The 3 of us had a fun trip to Jasper, Canada years ago. Lots of memories.

  10. She was an extra mom to me for many years. She’s having such a joyous reunion with the love of her life. Kim, Kristy and Kelly I am so sorry for your loss. You will all be in my prayers.

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