Marilyn I. Smith

July 15, 1931 – Nov. 7, 2018

On November 7th,

Marilyn Jessen Smith, our

wonderful mother, grand-

mother and great-grand-

mother passed away

peacefully at the age of

87. Marilyn was born in

Kenmare, ND on July 15,

1931 to France and Cath-

erine (Bendel) Jessen. On

April 7, 1952, she married

Raymond J. Smith in Ken-

mare. Together they

would celebrate over 50

years of marriage. She

lived in Rapid City, SD

and Fairbanks, AK while

her husband was serving

in the United States Air

Force. Marilyn was an

amazing mother to her

two daughters, Kathy and

Carolyn, and son Steven

and a treasured grand-

mother to her 10 grand-

children and 8 great-


Always outgoing and

friendly she embarked on

a 25 year career as a Tup-

perware dealer/manager

where she made many

lifelong friends. She loved

to sew and spent count-

less hours sewing Barbie

doll clothing when the

girls were young. She

especially loved entertain-ing family and friends

during the holidays. Later

in life she enjoyed a suc-

cessful antique business

with her husband Ray-

mond, and spending

winters at their home in

Apache Junction, Arizona.

Marilyn moved to The

Evergreen, an Assisted

Living Community in Dic-

kinson, ND in 2015 and

then to St. Luke’s Home

where she resided until

her death.

She was a member of

the Nazareth Lutheran

Church, Kenmare and the

American Legion Auxili-


Marilyn is survived by

her children, Kathy

(Everett) Koehn of Kansas

City, MO; Carolyn

(Marshall) Kizima of Dic-

kinson, ND; son Steven

(Paula) Smith of Oronoco,

MN; grandchildren: Landi

(Robin) Whiteside of

Clarksville, TN; Kale (Jen)

Kizima of Post Falls, ID;

Hailee (Hayden) Collins of

Minot, ND; Jon (Lindsey)

Bazzano of Liberty, MO;

Marc (Makenzie) Bazzano

of Kansas City, MO; Cory

Koehn of Medford, OR;

Mariel (Jeff) Werner of

Gladstone, MO; Matt

Schell of Lampman,

Saskatchewan, Canada;

Lauren (Zach) Sundberg

of Wyoming, MN; Curtis

Hanson of Rochester, MN;

and great-grandchildren:

Brooklyn and Saniya

Whiteside, Killian and

Nolan Collins, Nicholas

and Evelynn Bazzano,

Hudson Bazzano, and

Max Sundberg. Marilyn

was a generous and en-

couraging presence in our

lives. Although she is

gone we will always be to-

gether and her spirit will

live on in each one of us


Preceding her in death

are her husband Ray-

mond; parents; brother,

Robert Jessen and an in-

fant son.

Interment will take

place in the spring with a

small, private family ser-

vice. Any memorials in

Marilyn’s honor should go

to the American Lung As-

sociation or to the Na-

zareth Lutheran Church

Bible Camp Fund, Ken-


Stevenson Funeral

Home & Crematory, Dic-