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Clara Evelyn (Jones) Smith

October 29, 1934 ~ December 19, 2019 (age 85)

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Our beautiful grandma, Clara Evelyn (Jones) Smith, age 85, of Bena Minnesota started her journey into the spirit world December 19th, 2019 from the Grand Village Nursing Home in Grand Rapids, MN.  She was born in Onigum, MN on October 29th, 1934 to Jacob and Elsie (Goodwin) Jones. 

We’re happy she has gone to be joined with her husband, Philip E. Smith; her children, Wanda, Peggy, Darwin “Jai” and Ruth Ann Smith; step son, Philip Smith, Jr.; her parents, Jacob and Elsie Jones; her siblings, Loretta Budreau, Martin Jones, Caroline Jones and Robert “Champ” Jones and all her other loved ones.  We will miss her dearly.

She leaves behind her children, Elizabeth Kingbird of Cass Lake, Bonita Desjarlais of Bena, Michael Smith of Cohasset, Thelma and Gary Smith both of Bemidji and Jackie Smith-Sam of Minneapolis; four generations of grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

A visitation for Clara will begin at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, December 21st and continue until her 7:00 p.m. wake service on Sunday, December 22nd with her funeral service to begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 23rd all to be held at the Dave Morgan Community Center in Bena, MN.  Father Matthew Cobb will officiate.  Helping to lay Clara to rest are Noah De La Paz, Mikael Archambault, Brian Archambault, Bijah Brown, Travis, Brown and Isaiah De La Paz.  Her honorary pallbearers are Walter Brown, Ted DeFoe, Jason Kornezos (always looking after grandma) and Daniel Lyons.  Interment will be in Prince of Peace Cemetery at Mission/Cass Lake, MN following her Monday services.

Clara’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN.  Online condolences for the family may be left at

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December 21, 2019

7:00 PM
Bena Community Center
15032 Old Housing Dr.
Bena, Minnesota 56626

Funeral Service
December 23, 2019

11:00 AM
Bena Community Center
15032 Old Housing Dr.
Bena, Minnesota 56626

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