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Glenna Lucile Smith

June 11, 1922 ~ September 23, 2018 (age 96)

Glenna Lucile (Hendrix) Smith passed away at the age of 96 on September 23, 2018, at a care center in La Grande, Oregon.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Halfway Lions Club Community Hall, 235 Lion Street, Halfway, Oregon.  A Reception will follow at Wild Bills at 3:00 PM. If you would like to bring a finger food to go with the light luncheon that will be provided you are welcome to, but it is not necessary.

She was born on June 11, 1922, to John and Myrtle (Ritter) Hendrix in Halfway, Oregon.  Glenna attended Clear Creek Grade School, a one-room schoolhouse, through 8th grade and graduated from Pine Valley High School in 1939.

Glenna married Charles (Chub) Smith on September 25th, 1939 in Weiser, Idaho.  They had three daughters, Charlaine, Joyce, and Marilyn.  She lived in Halfway her entire life except for a few years during World War II when she and Chub lived in Kennewick, Washington, and Pacific City, Washington where he worked in defense work at a cement plant and in the shipyards building aircraft carriers.

Glenna worked at the Halfway Market and the Pine Merc before becoming a bookkeeper for Pood Cooper.  In 1960 Pood offered Glenna and Chub a partnership in the garage and freight line.  Later they became the sole owners and changed the name to Smith’s Garage.

The construction of the dams on Snake River was in full swing.  Glenna was the #1 gas attendant as well as keeping the books, tracking the freight shipments, and all the other office duties.  Wash your windshield, check your tires, check the oil whenever a car came she jumped up from her books and went to meet their needs.  Glenna and Chub retired in 1986 and planned on relaxing and traveling. They were able to make a train trip across Canada, tour the New England states and a trip to Disneyland before Chub became ill and passed away in 1988.

After Chub passed, Glenna and her best friend since childhood, Virgene Hulse Payton, started their marathon sessions of playing “old Clyde” at Wild Bills and Stockmans, taking in all the dances, costume parties, traveling to Jackpot and just having fun with great enthusiasm and laughter.

Glenna loved Rodeo, attending all the local ones and traveling to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas over 20 times. The last time she was 88 years young.  She was so pleased to be selected as the Grand Marshal for both the Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo and the Baker County Fair in Halfway.

Among her many achievements were her beautiful flowers and garden.  She was the overall sweepstakes winner at the Baker County Fair in Halfway for many years. Glenna was never done until she had over 100 exhibits, flowers, vegetables, canning, baking, crocheting, and even photography.  She loved those big sweepstake ribbons, blue was okay, but the big ones were the best!

She and her traveling partner and friend, Montey Johnston had many great adventures. huckleberry picking, hiking, camping, flying in his plane, canning, pickling, were among their favorites, and just going for rides to fish, to shop or see the sights.

Glenna was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Pine Valley Presbyterian Church and a Mother Advisor for the Order of Rainbow for Girls

Glenna was a wonderful Mother and Grandmother to all and an inspiration to live your life like you are always young.

She leaves her three daughters and sons-in-law Charlaine and Ron Woollett, Halfway, Joyce and Dan Gover, Enterprise and Marilyn and Rob Dalton, Joseph, 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren, her special friend and traveling partner Montey Johnston, nieces and nephews and her extended family members who were so special to her.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Halfway Fair Exhibit Hall or the Charity of your choice through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.

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