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Kelley Louise (Amescua) Smith

May 21, 1973 ~ November 1, 2023 (age 50) 50 Years Old

Kelley Smith Obituary

Stevensville - With a heavy heart we announce that Kelley Louise Smith was unexpectedly taken by natural causes to heaven on November 1, 2023. The sudden loss of a loving mother, sister, daughter and friend is being felt by many. Kelley brought laughter and fun to those she was with and served her family with unwavering strength. Kelley was born on May 21, 1973 to Eugenia (Genie) Cherny Lanham and Alphonso Amescua at Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, California. Growing up she enjoyed being a big sister, playing soccer and spending time with friends. She graduated from Victorville California High School in 1991. She brought into this world three beautiful children who stole her heart and were her passion. Kelley worked hard and was never afraid to try new things. She earned her CNA certification and used this to serve others because that is what Kelley enjoyed most, serving others. She grew to love the outdoors and gardening. She earned her Montana Master Gardener Level 1 certification. She was always excited to get her garden planted in the spring and harvest the bountiful crop in the fall. She hardly turned down an opportunity to be in the mountains camping or fishing. She loved her work at Lone Rock Elementary School and bringing smiles to both those she worked with and the children she served. She always enjoyed playing Bunco with her close friends and brought laughs to her Oula dance group in too many ways to count. While her time here on earth was short, she has left a lasting impression on those who knew her. Kelley is survived by her father, Alphonso Amescua of California; mother, Genie (Mark) Lanham of California; brother, Chris (Melissa) Amescua of California; sister, Jessica (Eric) Cannon of Utah; daughter, Mariellyn (Zack) Page of Montana; son, Matthew Dodson of North Dakota and daughter, Mikayla Smith of Montana. Family and friends are invited to her memorial service at Stevensville United Methodist Church on Friday, November 10th at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the service for those that would like to stay and share memories and laughter. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

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Memorial Service
November 10, 2023

11:00 AM
Stevensville United Methodist Church
216 College Street
Stevensville, MT 59870


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