Malad – Kenna Hughes Smith, 71, of Malad, Idaho returned to the loving arms of her Father in Heaven after a valiant battle with cancer, Friday Sept 18th 2009.
Kenna was born on February 22, 1938 in Malad, Idaho to Stephen J. and Margaret Hughes. Kenna was the second child in a family of 6 children. She grew up in Samaria, Idaho and graduated from Malad High School.
Kenna worked in Salt Lake City then attended Ricks College before marrying her eternal sweetheart Sheldon J. Smith of Malad, Idaho in the Logan LDS temple on April 18, 1958. In 2008 Kenna and Sheldon celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and have enjoyed 51 years together.
She was a member of the LDS church and served in all organizations of the church including Relief Society President and stake callings. She had a strong testimony of temple work, her Savior and eternal families. She especially enjoyed her time working with the youth. Kenna actively participated in community organizations and activities. She had a love for traveling, playing the piano, four-wheeling and spending time with her family and friends.
Kenna had several secretarial and administrative employment opportunities. Education was important to her and she enjoyed any opportunity to further her knowledge. She received a certificate of completion from Steven Heneger Business College. She attended Weber College and received her Certified Professional Secretary certification and an Associate Degree in Business. After the children had all left home she returned to college at Utah State University and had only 3 courses left to complete her Bachelor degree in Business.
After Sheldon and Kenna retired they had the opportunity to serve as missionaries at Martin’s Cove, Wyoming from 2003 to 2004 and later served as temple workers in the Logan LDS temple. Sheldon and Kenna bought a winter home in St. George in 2007 and enjoyed many activities in their community at King’s Row. She was appointed to the Board of Directors at King’s Row to serve 2009-2010 and was looking forward to that assignment at the time of her death.
Spending time with friends and family was her greatest joy and she took great pride in the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. Kenna is survived by her husband Sheldon of Malad, ID, children Shannon (Robert) Spencer of South Jordan, UT, Sheri (Brian) Bintz of Murray, UT, Shaun (Lynette) Smith of Brigham, UT, and Michele (Preston) Huntsman of Tampa, FL, 12 grandchildren and 1 grandson-in-law, her siblings Carol (Dale) Daniels, Neal (Ramona) Hughes, Michael (Janice) Hughes, and Dean (Claudia) Hughes. She was preceded in death by her daughter Jamie, parents Stephen and Margaret Hughes, and brother Stephen L. Hughes.
The family wants to express their heartfelt thanks to all of the friends and family that have offered support and to the staff at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (Salt Lake City), Oneida County hospital (Malad) and to Jodi and Karen of Alliance Hospice.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 12:00 noon in the Malad LDS 2nd Ward Chapel. Friends may visit with the family on Monday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Horsley Funeral Home, 132 W 300 N and again on Tuesday morning at the funeral home from 10:30-11:30a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Pleasantview Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.horsleyfuneralhome.com