Wasilla resident Milla Backen Smith, 93, died
April 24, 1999, in her home after an extended illness.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today
at Valley Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest at Hermiston Memorial Cemetery
in Hermiston, Ore.
Mrs. Smith was born June 2, 1905, in Portland,
Ore. She completed high school and earned an associate's degree in secretarial
She was a secretary for several businesses in
Portland before moving to Hermiston to work at the Umatilla Army Depot. While
there in 1941, she met Horace Smith, whom she married. They started a small
laundry and then a successful hardware business.
Mrs. Smith retired in 1966 when the couple sold
She was a lifetime member of the Norse Hall and
she enjoyed any type of needle craft, quilting, crochet, needle point,
embroidering or clothing. She was also an avid reader and gardener.
She moved to Alaska in 1996 and resided in
Her daughter Sylvia said, "She was a gentle
person with a subtle wit and a great sense of humor. She taught us to explore
and try new things or ideas. She was an innovator. Mom's persistence and
independence is evident in each of her children's lives. We learned from her
example. She will be greatly missed."
Mrs. Smith is survived by daughters, Susan
Smith of Portland and Sylvia Stewart of Wasilla; son, Bob Smith of Hermiston;
grandchildren, Shari Cribbs and Randy Smith of Hermiston and Zachary and Kris
Langford of Portland; and two great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Valley
Source: Anchorage Daily News 29 April