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Still residing at home, Victoria (Vicky) passed quietly & peacefully into her heavenly home on September 11, 2013. Our mother would have celebrated her 100th birthday next month.

Victoria Elizabeth Haverl was born October 31, 1913 in New York City, New York. Her parents were Anna & Joseph Haverl, immigrants from Czechoslovakia, coming to America through Ellis Island. Vicky had one sibling, a sister Anne.

As a young woman, Vicky ventured to Washington DC and was employed by the Veterans Administration. While in the nation's capitol, she met a flamboyant, brilliant, intelligent and ambitious law student, a young man from Idaho. Vicky & Vernon were married in June of 1938 and soon thereafter traveled west for Vernon K. Smith to begin his career as a well-known trial attorney in Boise, Idaho.

Victoria adjusted to Idaho but never lost her New York City identity reflected in her distinctive style and speech. Victoria was a devout Catholic all of her life. She chose her vocation to be a wife and mother. She was always very involved in her community and Catholic organizations. She created many beautiful items of needlepoint that became upholstery for her ornate antique chairs and she hand-knit hundreds of beautiful sweaters. Vicky was an extremely good cook and set a "beautiful" table for holidays and most any day. She had her own flair in decorating her home, preferring ornate and antique over modern. With his wife in mind, Vernon K. purchased a Victorian house in north Boise and had it moved to the "ranch" in 1959. This house was a perfect fit for Vicky's talents and taste. It was in this house that our mother resided until her death. Her husband, Vernon K, passed away with an untimely death at age 53, leaving Vicky a widow since 1966.

Victoria is survived by her three children, Joseph Haverl (Sharon) Smith, Vernon K. (Vicki) Smith II, Vicky Anne (Scott) Converse, and seven grandchildren, Joseph Haverl (Shelly) Smith Jr., Katherine Josephine (Lee) Laxson, Benjamin, David, Gabriel, and Joel Converse, and Vernon K. Smith III and numerous great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be at Cloverdale Funeral Home Monday September 16 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Boise, Idaho at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 17th.

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1200 N Cloverdale Road Boise, ID 83713
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