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Disambiguation of family lines

Leila '15 SMITH
1893 ~ 1986
Paul ('62) SMITH,
Theresa '64 SMITH,
Dennis '70 SMITH
Richard ('64?),
Janice '67,
& Marilyn SMITH
Donald SMITH ('66) Richard SMITH
Herbert SMITH
both c 1970-73

1962 (non-grad) Paul William SMITH Jr

Born 13 Feb 1944 at Sandpoint to Paul William and Elizabeth Josephine (HUDON) SMITH. Attended St Thomas Grade School 1953-1958. Died 15 July 2010 at Anchorage AK. See obituary.

1964 Theresa L SMITH

Born to Paul William and Elizabeth Josephine (HUDON) SMITH. Married Jules ESZTERGALYOS. Lives Vancouver WA. Author/illustrator of "The Little Star: a Christmas Story".

1970 Dennis SMITH

Born 26 Nov 1950 to Paul William and Elizabeth Josephine (HUDON) SMITH. Died 21 May 2006. See obituary.


In 1880, Vincent and Hermine HUDON lived in Belle Prairie, Morrison, Minnesota with daughter Anna and son Joseph, b Dec 1877. Vincent immigrated to USA in 1874 from Canada.
In 1900, the HUDON family lived on the White Earth Indian Reservation, Minnesota, and included five children (of 9): Joseph, Mary, Emma, Leon & Rosa. --29 Jun 1900, ED340 p7A [169].
In 1910, the HUDON family lived in Mountain View, Bonner, Idaho, and comprised Vincent, Hermine, Joseph, Leo and Rose.
Joseph HUDON married Elizabeth HAMMERAL on 2 Apr 1913 at Sandpoint, Idaho. His brother, Leon HUDON married Katherine BRUDER in Bonner County on 15 Jul 1915.
In 1920, the HUDON family owned a farm near Sandpoint, and comprised: Joseph D, 42 MN (parents b CAN), farmer; Elizabeth, 42 Austria, naturalized; daughters Susan, 12 Austria; Louise, 6 ID; Bertha 4 ID; Elizabeth, 3 ID; & Margaret, 1 ID. --23 Jan 1920, Humbird pct, Bonner Co ID, ED28 p9B.
In 1930, Elizabeth, 13 ID (parents b MN, Austria) lived with her parents on the farm in Bonner Co ID. --8 Apr 1930, Humbird pct, ED9-24 p8A [221].

In 1910, Paul SMITH lived with his family near Yakima. The family comprised: William J SMITH, 36 MI (parents b England), fruit farmer; Nettie M, 30 OR (parents b IN), married 12 years, 3 births & 3 living children: Mildred M, 4 WA; Paul & Pauline M, 7 months WA. --30 Apr 1910, Granger pct, Yakima Co WA, ED96, p13A; errors here include listing Paul as "daughter", and age as 7 months, when it should read 1 month..
In 1920, Paul W SMITH, 9 WA, lived with his family near Yakima. The family comprised: William J SMITH, 46 MI, fruit farmer; Netty M, wife, 40 OR; Mildred M, daughter, 18 WA; twins Pauline M & Paul W, 9 WA. --15 Jan 1920, Orchardvale pct, Yakima Co WA, ED180 p5B.
In 1930, Paul W SMITH, 20 WA (parents b MI, OR), was a boarder, single, and laborer on a grain farm in South Colfax WA. --12 Apr 1930 Whitman Co WA, ED19 p5B.


Elizabeth Josephine (HUDON) SMITH, 1916 ~ 2008

from Cd'A Press, 20 Aug 2008. |
Elizabeth Josephine Smith, 91, wife and mother, died in Coeur d'Alene, Aug. 15, 2008. Born in Sandpoint, Dec. 11, 1916, to Joseph and Anna Elizabeth HUDON, she was the fourth of five daughters and grew up on a small farm. Elizabeth was a graduate of Sandpoint High School and worked at the creamery where she met her future husband, Paul W SMITH, a rancher and farmer at Glengary. They married in 1943, moved to Colfax WA for a short time, and eventually settled in Coeur d'Alene in 1953. Elizabeth and Paul were active parishioners at St Thomas Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America for more than 50 years. She volunteered for wedding receptions and funeral dinners, and worked tirelessly to raise funds for the Holy Family School through countless garage sales. Her "Attic Treasures" booth at the annual church bazaar was always very popular. For several years Elizabeth also edited the weekly parish bulletin.

Having grown up during the Depression, Elizabeth was naturally frugal and always strived to have a bountiful garden. She enjoyed canning and making a variety of jams and jellies. Her family and friends always looked forward to her homebaked, braided raisin bread. She also served many years as a Camp Fire and 4-H leader, teaching sewing and cooking. Her other interests included playing the piano and keeping up on current events. Elizabeth was always available during election season to register voters and to assist at local precincts.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband Paul and son, Dennis '70 SMITH. Her survivors include her sister, Margaret HUDON, OSF of Tacoma WA; her three children: Paul Jr ('62) SMITH of Anchorage AK, Theresa ('64 SMITH) ESZTERGALYOS of Vancouver WA, and Celine LEHMAN of Cd'A; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Rosary 21 Aug 2008 at English Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass Aug 22 at St Thomas Church. burial at St Thomas Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Holy Family School.

Dennis Gabriel SMITH, '70, 1950 ~ 2006

Dennis SMITH, 55, Cd'A, died of cancer on 21 May 2006. He was born 26 Nov 1950 in Colfax WA to Paul and Elizabeth (HUDON) SMITH. The family moved to Cd'A in 1952. Dennis attended St Thomas Grade School and graduated from IHM Academy in 1970. He served in the US Navy, and was later employed by the Potlatch Lumber Mill in Cd'A.
Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Paul W (1910-1991). He is survived by his mother Elizabeth, and siblings Paul Jr, Anchorage AK, Theresa (SMITH '64) ESZTERGALYOS, Vancouver WA; and Celine LEHMAN, Cd'A. Funeral at St Thomas, burial in St Thomas cemetery. Memorials to Holy Family Catholic School.
English Funeral Home memorial     |     Spokesman-Review obituary, 25 May 2006     |     Cd'A Press obituary     |    

Paul William ('62) SMITH Jr, 1944 ~ 2010

Colonel Paul William SMITH, 66, died at home Thursday 15 July 2010, surrounded by family when he succumbed to advanced metastatic melanoma.
Visitation, rosary and funeral Mass were held at St Patrick's Catholic Church in Anchorage, Alaska. He was buried with full military honors at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Born in Sandpoint, 13 Feb 1944 to Paul William and Elizabeth Josephine (HUDON) SMITH, he spent his childhood in North Idaho and Washington state. His family settled in Coeur d'Alene in 1953 where Paul attended St Thomas Catholic Grade School. He spent six years at Holy Redeemer College, a Redemptorist seminary in Oakland CA, and was a graduate of Gonzaga University in 1967. He referred to his time at Holy Redeemer College as his "greenhouse years." He explained that the school both protected the seminarians from the outside world, and that it watered and fed them and hoped that vocations would grow.
On 19 Oct1968, Paul married Cheryl L EUGENE of Spokane and their married life took them to various places as he was transferred in the service of his country. They spent three years in Taiwan, and in 1973, Paul, Cheryl and their growing family moved to Anchorage, Alaska.
Colonel Smith enjoyed a distinguished 32-year military career. He joined the Air Force in 1967, earning his silver navigator wings in 1970. Paul flew combat missions throughout Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War while based in Taiwan, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. Arriving at Elmendorf Air Force Base in 1973, he flew ski-equipped C-130D aircraft on the Greenland icecap. Paul joined the Alaska Air National Guard in 1976 flying worldwide missions in the C-130 until retirement in 1999. In addition to serving as Chief Navigator, he commanded the 176th Operational Support Flight and the 176th Operations Group. He flew more than 8,000 flight hours. Additional military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals and many others.
After retirement, Paul's love of air travel prompted him to a new career at Alaska Airlines. This allowed him to continue a lifelong interest in visiting different countries, often accompanied by one or more of his five sons. His love of travel is what his loved ones remember as his defining characteristic. His career as a navigator dovetailed with his desire to see every corner of the world. He visited every continent except Antarctica. Paul explained his desire to travel as being part of him throughout his life. As a small boy on his parents farm, when he saw a car go by, he wished he were in that car. At seminary, when he heard a train go by, he wished he were on that train. Later, whenever he saw a plane go by, he wished that he were on it.
Paul's travels were both far and near. His children recall many camping excursions around Alaska with the "pop-up" trailer. He even entered a lottery for land north of Anchorage. He encouraged his sons to continue camping and fishing with their own children. Paul was an avid downhill skier, which he even continued throughout his fight with cancer. He was also involved for several years with the annual musical productions of CHAOS (Committee for Handling Alaska's Outstanding Spectaculars) at his parish, St Patrick's Catholic Church. He loved to read, and in fact, the first significant purchase of his adult life was the Great Books Series, (although he wasn't allowed to keep them in the living room).
Paul is survived by his wife, Cheryl; his two sisters, Theresa ('64 SMITH) ESZTERGALYOS, Vancouver WA, and Celine LEHMAN, C'dA; his five sons, Paul William III, Daniel, Matthew, Peter and Alan SMITH; and six grandchildren, Alexander, Denali, Margarete, Eleanor, Julia and Finnegan SMITH. Paul was preceded in death by his unborn sons, John and James, his parents, and younger brother, Dennis '70 SMITH.
from: Cd'A Press, 27 Jul 2010     |     or Cd'A Press and Anchorage Daily News.

SSDI: Paul W Sr     |     Paul W Jr     |     Dennis     |     Elizabeth     |    
28 Feb 2011