Dora Lee Passey Smith Caldwell, age 85, of Ovid, Idaho, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2017. She was the daughter of Leo Fowler Passey and Ida Susan Howell. She was born and raised on the farm in Lanark, Idaho. This is where she learned to work hard on the family farm and also cared for her younger siblings.
She was the fifth of eight children. She attended the little two room school house where she was the only girl in her grade with nine boys.
She started working at the age of 14, this was the beginning of her work history which continued for most of her life. She worked for M H Kings, Safeway, Thiel & Olsen Bros, IGA and she owned and operated the Montgomery Wards Sales Agency for 20 years. She gained a love for people through her associations at Montgomery Wards.
She married Leo LeGrand Smith on March 14, 1950, in Ogden, Utah. Together they had four children. DeAnn Nichols (Ernest), Jan Robinson (Eldon), Ricky P. Smith (Rhonda), Patsy Lee Boehme (Gene). They enjoyed spending time together fishing and camping. Leo passed away in 1974. She married Roscoe Caldwell, a widower with a young son, J.R., in 1977. Together they raised Roscoe’s sixth and youngest son J.R. Roscoe had five sons, Stephen, Gregory, Richard, Todd, Dewyn and a daughter Becky from a previous marriage. They lived in Ovid and enjoyed their time together training and racing horses. Their son J.R. has continued the legacy of horse racing and she enjoyed watching his horses race until the day she passed away. Roscoe passed away in 2012 leaving her a widow for the second time.
She was a faithful member of the LDS church and a great example to many. She taught her children to love life and help others. She was never heard saying anything bad about others and could always find the positive in any situation.
Mother had a zest for life and helping others. She enjoyed hard work and it was difficult for her in her later years when she was unable to help others. She was always first to help with grandchildren, canning fruit, working cattle or anything needed. She loved sports and when she could, she loved to play with and challenge kids and grandkids. She enjoyed cooking and was a wonderful cook. She loved keeping scrapbooks and recipe books. She was known for her strength and determination and was a great example to us. She loved her family and spent hours worrying about each one. She will be missed and will forever be in our hearts.
She was proceeded in death by her parents and brothers, Dewain, Gene, DeVerl, and Ordell Passey and sisters Norma Nelson and Eileen Ringel; a grandson-in-law, Tyler Keetch and granddaughter Patsy Lee Boehme. She is survived by her brother Glenn Passey.
Funeral services are under the direction of Schwab Matthews Mortuary and will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. There will be a viewing on Sunday night at Schwab Matthews Mortuary from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Monday prior to the services at the Liberty Ward Chapel from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m.