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“Dear Donnie and Georgia, Just want you to know how I long to be with you during this time of loss for our family. Aunt June was a great lady. I...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Delores Redman - Post, TX

“Dear Don and family , Dan & I will miss your Mom so very much as we have missed your Dad, They were just like a family to me when I was a carhop and...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Dan & Mary Imel - Cortez, CO

“I went to school with Carolyn and spent time at her house. I always had great respect for June, she was a wonderful and classy lady. May...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Marie Swanner - Dolores, CO

“June was a much admired, long-time Valley resident. A very special person. Her happy,friendly & considerate manner was appreciated by all who knew...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Wayne & Loy Ann Kenyon - Cortez, CO

“She will be missed tremendously and remembered fondly. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Martin/Laura Thomas - CO

“I'm saddened to hear of Junes passing. Growing up being their neighbor, it's as if she & Ben were family. She always treated me like it anyway. I...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Dennis Brace - Cortez, CO

“Donnie ,Georgia Jo & Family, I'm sorry for your loss. Aunt June was a wonderful lady .I will miss our phone calls & her story telling.we have...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Joan(Strofer) Gross - Wolfforth, TX

“I will miss Aunt June very much. She was a very special lady. We spent last Labor Day weekend together. This will always be a cherished memory. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Mary Smith - Rio Rancho, NM


JUNE LEE SMITH Graveside inurnment services for longtime Cortez resident June Lee Smith will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Cortez Cemetery. Pastor Marvin Graves will officiate. June was born on July 6, 1926 in Dalhart, Texas to William J. and Anna (Kuck) Strofer. She passed away at Southwest Memorial Hospital on Monday, March 19, 2012 at the age of 85. On September 25, 1944 June married Benjamin F. Smith Jr. in Bakersfield, Calif. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage before his death in 2007. June loved working on her home and gardening. In her younger years she enjoyed riding horses. Surviving June are her son, Donald R. Smith of Houston, Tex.; her grandchildren, Martin Thomas, David Smith, Penelope Smith, Evan Smith, Holly Smith, Roderick Smith, and Skylar Smith; six great grandchildren; her niece, Georgia Aulston and husband, Vernal of Cortez; a great aunt, Courtney Aulston and husband, Brent; and her niece, Georgia Aulston and husband, Vernal of Cortez as well as several other nieces. June was preceded in death by her parents, William and Anna Strofer; her husband, Benjamin Smith; her daughter, Caroline Berthelsen; her grandson, Benjamin Thomas; and her brother, Hill Strofer.

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