Boots Smith, 80, passed away at the home of her youngest son, with her family by her side Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. She was born June 16, 1938 in Tonasket, Wash., to parents William Stalder and Verna Zachman Stalder. Boots graduated from Tonasket High School in 1956.
Boots married Ron Wood in Omak, Wash., May 7, 1959. They made their home in Omak where they welcomed three sons. In January 1969, they moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where they divorced. She met and married Gene Smith in 1981 and moved to his home in Moses Lake, Washington where they farmed and raised cattle.
Boots loved horses, she was the 1956 Tonasket Rodeo Queen and rode with the Coeur d’Alene Saddlelites drill team. She performed at many rodeo’s including in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Boots was a resident of Moses Lake for 38 years and retired in 1999 from working for Moses Lake School district for 27 years in the dietary department.
Boots is survived by her three sons, William Wood and his wife, Jackie Wood, Don Wood, Duke Wood and his wife, Marcelle Wood; step-son Tony Smith and his wife, Tomi Smith; her sister, Willa Mae Burbery and husband, Chuck Burbery; brother, Chuck Stalder and wife, Billy Jo Stalder and her grandchildren, Roxanne, Casey, Whitney, Christina, Whitney, Caden, and Cooper. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Smith.
Boots will be laid to rest at Tonasket Cemetery in Tonasket, Wash., at a later date.