Sharon Rae Smith, 65, went home to her Lord on Thursday October 3, 2019 in Barhamsville, Virginia after a courageous second battle with cancer. Sharon Rae Wente, daughter of Paulus and Norma Wente (Zismer) was born on April 7th 1954 in Starbuck, MN. She grew up on the family farm east of Donnelly, MN and was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Morris, MN. Sharon attended and graduated from Morris Area High School in 1973. In 1975 Sharon married the love of her life, Bud (Harold) Smith. Sharon spent the next twenty years dedicating her life to supporting her husband as he served in the United States Air Force until settling down in Barhamsville, Virginia.
Sharon took great pride in her family. Throughout the years she provided daycare to many families and taught Sunday school at Hope Lutheran Church. She loved crocheting baby blankets and afghans for everyone she knew. She had a special place in her heart for her faithful four legged companions Mocha and Cait. She thoroughly enjoyed the Turner Classic Movie channel that was always playing in the background.
Sharon is survived by her loving husband Bud of Barhamsville, VA: children: JR Smith of Topeka, KS: Andy Smith and Tonja Smith both of Williamsburg, VA. She will be greatly missed by her beloved grandchildren Vanae and Tobias. Mother Norma Wente of Morris, MN: Sisters: Sandy (Les) Kopel, Donnelly: Shirley (Richard) Busch, Morris: Sue Wente, Oakdale: Mother in law: Marcella (Marcy) Smith: many nieces, nephews and brother and sister in-laws.
Sharon was proceeded in death by her father Paulus Wente, grandson LJ Smith and father in-law Harold Smith III.
There will be a private family service and burial at Summit Cemetery in Morris, MN at a later date.