Jill Marie Smith died in her sleep December 30, 2022, at the home she shared with her daughter, Kristan Templeton in Buxton, North Dakota.
Jill was born in 1949 in Lime Springs, Iowa to Rosemary (Dargon) and Leo Kinter as the second of seven children. She graduated from North High School in Des Moines, Iowa in 1967.
In 1979 Jill and her daughter moved to Laporte, Minnesota to aid in running a local boat storage and repair, (aka Bob’s Boat Storage). As it turned out, Jill and Bob Smith met, fell in love, and married July 20, 1981, the rest is history filled with love and devotion. Jill also worked for area nursing homes as a CNA, before joining the Upper Mississippi Headwaters Board until she took over the day-to-day operations of Bob’s Boat Storage until her retirement in 2016.
After retirement Jill spent time traveling the country with her sister and brother-in-law taking in the sights of Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio and all states in between. After a time, Jill’s grandson and family moved in next door and Jill spent quality time with them, especially loving the times she spent with two of her great grandsons, Mitchell and Jacob. Jill remained in the home she shared with her husband, until the fall of 2022 when she moved to Buxton, North Dakota to live with her daughter and help care for her great granddaughter, MacKenna Templeton.
Jill was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother and grandmother who loved the simple things in life. She was a homebody and enjoyed reading, gardening and any time spent with family. Oh! It must be said that Jill was a legendary maker of apple pie, banana bread, many kinds of jellies and the traditional Christmas morning Cinnamon Rolls.
Jill is survived in death by her six siblings: Michael (Helen) Kinter of Pleasant Hill, IA, Susan Jackson of Des Moines, IA, Barbara Bateman of Midland Odessa, TX, Steven (Carol) Kinter of Ankeny, IA, Mary (Michael) Lossner of Mitchellville, IA and Richard (Amy) Kinter of Des Moines, IA. She is also survived by her daughter: Kristan Templeton of Buxton, ND; stepson: Kenneth (Shirley) Smith of Bemidji, MN and daughter in law: Rhonda Smith of Columbia Falls, MT; grandchildren: Zak (Crystal) Smith, Eli (Miranda) Smith, Dr. Lacey (Evan) Bagley, Sierra Smith, Joseph (Ashley) Templeton, Seth (Katt) Templeton, Meghan Templeton and Robert “Zeke” Smith; great grandchildren: Mitchell Trapier, Jacob Templeton, MacKenna Templeton, Beau Smith, Renaud Smith, Theo Smith, Sophe Schuver, Braxton Schuver, Leo Smith, Mamie Smith, Hattie Smith, Dax Bagley and Lily Bagley.
Jill was preceded in death by both her parents: Rosemary and Leo Kinter; husband: Robert Smith; stepson: Robert D Smith III; sister-in-law: Sandy Kinter and twin grandsons: Jacob Curtis and Christopher Allen Templeton.
Jill requested to be cremated and will be laid to rest with her beloved husband, Robert (Bob) Smith at the Lakeport Cemetery, Laporte, MN.
A memorial service to honor the life and passing of Jill Marie Smith will be held on Friday, January 27th, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. with a one-hour visitation prior to services at Northern Peace Funeral Home, 114 Tianna Drive, Walker, Minnesota. Inurnment will be in the Lakeport Cemetery at Laporte, MN following her Friday services.
Jill’s care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.northernpeace.com