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Toni Rae Smith

February 4, 1974 ~ July 16, 2019 (age 45)


Toni Rae Smith, 45 years young, began her journey to the spirit world on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 from her home in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She was born into this world on February 4th, 1974 to Ruthann Smith in Minneapolis, MN.

We are asked to write about our loved one when it’s time, there is so much to say but so little room so here is just a little something.  Toni Rae had a huge heart, for our people for anyone she had ever met.  She held it together the best she could, she did absolutely everything to the best she could.  She was strong, independent and the most beautiful woman around.  Toni Rae never feared a thing in her life.  She had love for our people, nature and just about anything.  In case you have not met her, she was the one to do the talking.  She put strength into her words, so everyone would have to listen.  This woman will be missed till the end of time.  Let’s hope she behaves in the Creators place.

Family that welcome Toni to the spirit world are her son; Jordan Smith, mother; Ruthann Smith, grandfather; Phillip Smith, aunties; Peggy and Wanda Smith, and several more relatives.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her sons; Joseph (Trinity) Wilson and Isaiah Dunn both of Cass Lake, daughters; Jaylynn (Brady) Swan, Isabelle Dunn and Jayden Smith all of Cass Lake, brother; Gerald St. John, grandmother; Clara Smith, grandson; Riley Wilson, aunties; Bonita Desjarlait and Thelma Smith, uncles; Michael and Gabby Smith, numerous nieces, nephews and cousin and too many friends to name.

A wake for Toni will begin at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, July 20th and continue until her 10:00 a.m. traditional service on Monday, July 22nd all being held at the Bena Community Center in Bena, MN.  Allen Hardy will be her Spiritual Advisor.  Pallbearers for Toni are Leslie McClemik, Gordon Dunn, Brody Wade, George Peterson, Ben White and Derik Gould.  Her honorary pallbearers are Joseph Wilson, Isaiah Dunn, Isabelle Dunn, Jayden Smith, Jaylynn Swan and Gerald St. John.  Interment will be in Prince of Peace Cemetery at Cass Lake, MN following her Monday services.

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

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July 20, 2019

8:00 PM
Bena Community Center
15032 Old Housing Dr.
Bena, Minnesota 56626

Traditional American Indian Service
July 22, 2019

10:00 AM
Bena Community Center
15032 Old Housing Dr.
Bena, Minnesota 56626

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