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Christine Smith

Christine Ann "Chris" (Gorres) Smith, age 51, of rural Atwater, died Sunday evening, August 14, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud following a courageous fight against cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 19, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Interment will be at Tripolis Lutheran Cemetery near Kandiyohi. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the family. (www.petersonbrothers.com)
Christine Ann was born on November 29, 1964 at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar to Richard and Charlotte (Strate) Gorres. She attended Lincoln Elementary School and graduated from Willmar Senior High School in 1983. She attended Willmar Vo-Tech and graduated from a 1-year business program. She attended Sunday School and received her First Holy Communion and Confirmation at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Willmar.
Growing up, Chris enjoyed going on camping and snowmobiling trips with her family. Every summer ended with the annual trip tubing down the Apple River. Chris enjoyed spending holidays with her grandparents, aunts, uncles and many cousins in Murdock and Sleepy Eye. Chris worked a couple of part time jobs in high school including the Champlin Gas Station and Cafe where she met her future husband. Randy worked as a mechanic when Chris was waitressing. Chris was united in marriage to Randy Lee Smith on June 14, 1985 at Tripolis Lutheran Church near Kandiyohi. This union was blessed with two sons - Tyler Lee in 1988 and Jesse Lee in 1990.
Chris enjoyed motorcycling and spending time with family and friends especially her grandkids. Her grandkids will remember spending time with "Mema" camping and four-wheeling in the pasture. Chris also enjoyed everything that came with farm life including gardening, canning, cooking, baking, and hanging clothes outside on the line to dry. She will be remembered for her plastic needlepoint crafts, sewing, trying new recipes, and competitive games of UNO.
Chris worked as a bookkeeper and credit manager for Welder's Supply/Matheson Tri-Gas for the last 30+ years. She considered her co-workers her second family.
Chris is survived by her husband, Randy of Atwater; son, Tyler (and Katie) Smith, granddaughters, Autumn, Payton, and Paislee of Willmar; son, Jesse (and Michelle) Smith, grandson, Axel of Cosmos; grandmother, Joyce Gorres of Willmar; her parents, Richard and Charlotte Gorres of Willmar; four siblings, Cathy (and Tom) Dahl of Kerkhoven, Robert Gorres of Cosmos, Paul Gorres of Willmar and Carol (and Eric) Tollefson of Sunburg; her mother-in-law Norma Smith of Willmar; and brother-in-law, Rob (and Vickie) Smith of Willmar; besides several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clifford Gorres, Ray and Viola Strate, and father-in-law, Robert Smith.

Cemetery Details

Tripolis Cemetery
3249 County Road 8 SE
Kandiyohi, MN, 56251


AUG 18. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


AUG 19. 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


Mass of Christian Burial

AUG 19. 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Church of St. Mary

713 12th Street SW

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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Bushmills Ethanol, Inc. purchased the Dish Garden with Fresh Cut Flowers for the family of Christine "Chris" Ann Smith.

Bushmills Ethanol, Inc. - August 15, 2016 at 01:23 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Heartfelt sympathy to the Smith family! May your memories of Chris be a comfort to you. Wishing you peace & strength during this difficult time. Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson - August 16, 2016 at 12:29 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Troy & Cathie Simenson & Family purchased the Multicolor Bright Sympathy Floor Basket for the family of Christine "Chris" Ann Smith.

Troy & Cathie Simenson & Family - August 16, 2016 at 03:10 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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Your Friends at Matheson - August 16, 2016 at 03:15 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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August 16, 2016 at 03:50 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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August 16, 2016 at 07:45 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Floor Plant for Sympathy was purchased for the family of Christine "Chris" Ann Smith.

August 17, 2016 at 12:47 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I adopted Chris and Randy as my little Sis and Big Brudder! I met both of them while traveling with my sister to Zion, Illinois for cancer treatment! My sister who is now departed, we both loved them instantly! We shared our daily adventures and even took a few adventures together! We would uplift one another when it was needed! Chris was and, will be a beautiful individual for an eternity! Chris's ugly battle with cancer is over! She has been made whole and perfect in the eyes of our Lord! She will be remembered and loved, while I walk this face of the earth! But, I will see her precious face again! Love you Brudder! I will be praying for you all!

Pam Harris - August 17, 2016 at 02:06 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Pam Harris lit a candle in memory of Christine "Chris" Ann Smith

Pam Harris - August 17, 2016 at 02:09 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I knew Chris was a wonderful Lady the first time I met her. Over the years, getting to know her better only confirmed it. How sad it is for us to be without her but Jesus has a special place in heaven for her. May the Good Lord Bless and keep her now and forever. Amen!Bob DeGrootMatheson---Oak Creek, WI

Bob DeGroot - August 17, 2016 at 02:20 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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