Emogene Smith Napier


Emogene Smith Napier, 84, of Malad, Idaho passed away peacefully at her home on April 29, 2020.

She was born January 16, 1936 in Malad, Idaho to Alvin Smith and Vera Gleed Smith. She was the oldest of six children. She was raised on the family ranch in Deep Creek, Idaho. When Emogene turned six, the family moved to Malad during the winters so that she and her siblings could attend school.

Emogene graduated from Malad High School in 1954 and attended Ricks College to pursue her interest in accounting and business.

After meeting the love of her life, Lynn Bardell Napier, in the spring of 1956, the couple was married that fall, on September 7, in the Salt Lake City Temple. Together they lived in Malad, Idaho and raised five daughters, Barbara, LeAnn, Jeanie, Lyndell and Sherrie.

For 20 years, Emogene worked as a bookkeeper at the Oneida County Hospital. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she held various callings and loved to do family history.

Emogene loved horses, gardening, camping at Powerhouse, cooking and quilting. She was an amazing homemaker, and was always providing mouth-watering meals for anyone who entered her home. In the spring and summer she would be outside preparing and planting her garden and flowerbeds, working every day to keep them looking nice. During the fall she gathered and canned the harvest she had grown, including seeds from flowers to plant the following year. When winter came she was always working on a quilt downstairs or a puzzle upstairs.

Emogene was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Karen and Verlaine, and her sweet loving daughter, Lyndell. She is survived by her husband, Bardell; daughters, Barbara (John) Smith, LeAnn Woodward, Jeanie (Darron) Price, son-in-law Shawn Ward, and Sherrie (Brent) Wise. She is also survived by her siblings, Wendell (Pam) Smith, Kenneth (Nancy) Smith and Donna Berry; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Horsley Funeral Home, followed by funeral services from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Burial will be at Malad City Cemetery.

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