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Sharlet Kay (Rogers) Smith

February 25, 1943 ~ August 27, 2020 (age 77)


Sharlet Kay (Rogers) Smith, of Troy, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at her home. She was 77. 

Sharlet was born on February 25, 1943 in Adams, Oregon to Arlie and Viola (Doud) Rogers.  She attended Athena, Oregon Public School through her graduation June 1961.  Sharlet met Gary Smith her freshman year of High School and they secretly eloped on June 1, 1960 to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and married at ‘The Hitching Post’ (before her H.S. graduation).

They made Athena their home where they welcomed their first daughter, Anita Kay Brumley (husband Gary) on April 1, 1962.  Gary Smith enlisted in the Air Force in February 1962 and they moved to Oscoda, Michigan where they would be stationed for four years.  They soon welcomed their second daughter, Shari Lynn on October 4, 1964.  Once their military service was complete, they moved to Idaho, first settling in Culdesac and later Troy where Gary was born and raised.  On July 29, 1969 they welcomed their last daughter, Dee Ann Kirklin (husband Joel) and moved into the new home they had built and where they remained until their retirement. 

Upon their retirement in 2001, they would make their final home on Burnt Ridge – Not far from where Gary was born and where the Smiths homesteaded. 

The years between 1960 and 2020 were busy with raising a family, working, and for a time owning and operating, The Club Troy with Sandy Hendrickson.  Sharlet’s job at the Hallmark Store in the Palouse Empire Mall in Moscow, Idaho would take her into retirement.  She enjoyed working at the store and visiting with all the patrons (friends and family) who frequented there. 

There were lots of camping trips, huckleberry and wood hauling ventures, trips to the Oregon/Washington/California coast, return trips to the Athena area to visit her nieces and nephew and other extended family, and so much more.  One particularly fond trip was an Alaskan Cruise they took for their 40th Wedding Anniversary.  She enjoyed a low-key retirement on the Ridge – she loved her dogs and tended endlessly to her hummingbirds in the summer.  There were also the family get-togethers, cook-outs, and one of her favorites was Lutefisk and Potatiskorv at Christmas-time. 

Sharlet was proceeded in death by her parents, brother Larry Rogers, sisters Joanne Peterson and Wanda Cox, nephew Jerry Cox, and grandson Dustin Richard Gludt. 

Sharlet leaves behind her husband of 60 years, Gary, daughters, Anita, Shari and Dee, nieces, Judy (Mike Dowd), Renee (Dave Cannon), Kathy (Jay Birdsell), Donita (Curt Newbold), Jeanne Cox-Able, Jodi (Scott Webb), nephews David Peterson, Ron Dormaier, Sister-in-Law Jackie (Mike Dormaier), Grandson Dana Leon Gludt(Misty Gludt) and many more family and friends. 

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