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Judith Smith

Judy D. Smith, age 75 of Willmar, passed away Friday morning, June 5, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar following an extended illness.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 5 PM on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.  Visitation will be from 3 PM until the time of service on Wednesday.  Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home.  www.petersonbrothers.com

Judith “Judy” Diane Smith was born on August 11, 1944, in Willmar, Minnesota, the daughter of Joseph and Nora (Ronning) Holt.  She grew up in Willmar, was baptized and confirmed at Vinje Lutheran Church and graduated from Willmar High School in 1962.  Judy attended Willmar Community College, the U of M in Morris and continued her education with credit courses for counseling.  She was employed for many years at Rice Memorial Hospital as a Ward Clerk and a LPN.  On October 15, 1983, at Vinje Lutheran Church, Judy was united in marriage to Raymond B. Smith and they made their home in the Willmar community.  She was a life member of Vinje Lutheran Church.  Her hobbies included collecting dolls and coins, sewing, needle work and photography.

She is survived by her husband, Ray; and one brother, Gary (and Marcia) Holt of North Mankato, besides other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Richard Holt.

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Judy was the best and i loved her. We worked together and we laughed together. She sent letters to my husband when he was in Vietnam. She was a friend to both of us. We were great friends for so many years.. I wish I had known Judy's health had changed these last years. I miss her.. Raymond, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kirk and Clare Jensen Aug 25 2020 12:00 AM

My heart felt sympathies to Raymond and the family of Judith. It was an honor to be on her care team. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Cindy Finberg

Cindy Finberg Jun 8 2020 12:00 AM

In memory of Judith. Cindy Finberg

Cindy Finberg Jun 8 2020 12:00 AM

Judy was a sweet person and kind to all.

Marion Osteraas Jun 5 2020 12:00 AM