Lil Smith Passes Away at 96

Lil Smith

Lillian L. “Lil” Smith died on Nov. 2, 2019 at her home in Hermiston at the age of 96.

She was born on Feb. 2, 1923 in Chicago, Ill. to Emil and Otillie Rauch Welke.

She was raised and attended schools in Chicago, Ill. Lil was united in marriage to Jack H. Smith on March 20, 1948 in Hermiston. She worked at the Umatilla Army Depot, where she retired as the transportation officer in 1978. She and Jack raised their children, Judy, Art and Tim in Hermiston.

Lil was a member of the Emblem Club and Trinity Lutheran Church in Hermiston. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, socializing and entertaining, and had a great sense of humor.

She is survived by her sons, Art Smith and wife Judy, Wellsville, Utah and Tim Smith and wife Holly, Burns; son-in-law, Bill Jung, Boise, Idaho; sister-in-law, Maxine Hermann, Baker City; five grandsons; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Lil was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Jack Smith; daughter, Judith Patricia Jung; and three brothers, Henry and Alfred Welke and George Hermann.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Burns Mortuary Chapel, Hermiston.

Burial will follow at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Those who wish may make contributions in Lil’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project at

Please share memories of Lil with her family at

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.


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