Caroline Smith, of Sun City West, Ariz., peacefully left this world to join her Father in Heaven on May 30, 2013. She was in hospice care for three days prior to her death.
Caroline Jean Smith was born in Superior, Wis., Dec. 18, 1929, to Ruth Hile Hodsdon and Tracy Hodsdon. She graduated first in her high school class and attended college in Superior, and Marshall. She returned to college and received her teaching certification later in her life.
She married her first love, Ronald Douglas Smith, Feb. 12, 1949, after meeting him on a blind date. She often called him Romantic Ronald and they told each other daily how much they loved each other. They lived the first half of their 64-year married life and raised their six children in Montevideo. They moved to Sun City West, Ariz., in 1983, and continued to spend summers in Minnesota. She was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease 27 years ago. They faced that diagnosis together openly and with courage, and they continued to live a full and rich life as Ron helped her by writing her a daily note and by caring for her in their home all those years.
She was a talented musician with an angelic voice who was often called on to sing soprano solos in her home church in Montevideo. She played the piano for her family throughout her entire life. She was also a gifted seamstress, sewing her children’s clothing over the years as well as reupholstering furniture. She played tennis almost daily during much of her life and was a fierce doubles tennis partner with Ron. She was a loving wife and mother who dedicated her life to her family, cooking wonderful holiday meals, including scrumptious lemon meringue pies and Country Cousin Caroline’s Carrot Cake. She taught us all to value the simple things in life, like a beautiful sunset, which she rated on a scale from less to more spectacular.
She is survived by her husband; and children, Ronald D. Smith, III, of St. Peter; Christine Hult, of Logan, Utah, Brad Smith, of Denver, Colo., Sara Beske, of Mankato, and Jane Romine, of Ft. Worth, Texas; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents, siblings, and son Jeffery David Smith.
Donations in her honor may be sent to Hospice of the West, who cared for her in her final days: 21410 N. 19th Ave, Ste. 100, Phoenix, AZ 85027. Condolences may be sent Ron at P.O. Box 372, Battle Lake, MN, 56515.