Donna Carolyn Bowman Smith (Dolly), age 82, was released onward to her next journey beyond on May
29, 2021, while residing at Beehive Homes in Kalispell.
Donna was born in her parents’ home in Ronan on Sept. 11, 1938. She graduated from Ronan High
School. During her high school years, she worked on a berry farm during the summer on Whidbey Island,
Wash., to earn money for clothes.
Donna married Paul Robin Smith on Sept. 27, 1959 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Together they shared a
romance that spanned almost 40 years while working a ranch in Irvine Flats. That love never waned in
Donna’s heart for another 22 years following Paul’s passing. Donna moved from the ranch shortly after
Paul’s passing to her dream home that she had built by her son Duane outside of Polson, overlooking
Flathead Lake and the Mission Mountains, where she resided for 20 years.
Mostly sweet, but with a hint of salt when needed, Donna was an unwavering pillar who stood strong
under the most challenging of circumstances. She defined the word “selfless,” giving to others over
herself. A hard worker, she achieved more between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. than most people did
during their entire day.
She loved to garden. Her family enjoyed the fruits of her labor in the form of every variety of pickles you
can imagine, bread items and hands-down the best pies ever (huckleberry, cherry, peach and apple).
Black licorice was a flavor treat to her tongue in the form of candy, ice cream and Black Jack chewing
gum. She loved corn, fried chicken, strawberries and roast beef, but the exact opposite was true of cooked
carrots. To the very end, strawberry cheesecake was one dessert she couldn’t get enough of anytime of the
Her favorite movie was “The Sound of Music” and TV classics like “I Love Lucy,” “Gunsmoke,”
‘Gilmore Girls,” the soap opera “Days of Our Lives” and the Ellen DeGeneres talk show.
Donna loved animals, and they loved her! Out on the ranch there was a menagerie of critters. She had her
favorites, like her Tennessee walking horse and a cat named Brandy. Her favorite pet growing up was a
dog named Tippy.
Pinochle was her favorite card game. She also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, playing softball in the hay field
with her kids, ceramics, picking huckleberries and shooting hoops.
There was hardly a day when Donna did not wear a Pendleton jacket. Her closet was full with them, red
being her color of choice.
Donna will be remembered the most for her never-ending love and support of her family and friends.
Survivors include daughter Becky Stockton (Tom); twin son Daniel Smith; twin son Richard Smith (Jim
Reid); and son Duane Smith; seven grandchildren: Tyler (Tia), Marissa, Azia, Dayne, Reeve, Hudson and
Haden; four great-grandchildren: London, Robert Paul, Eva and Hazel; and her brother, Gary Bowman
She was preceded in death by her parents, Myrtle and Eva Bowman; brother Merton Bowman;
sister Sharon Dorr; and husband Paul Smith.
The family would like to thank the staff at Beehive Homes in Kalispell, who affectionately called her
Miss Donna, for their service in her care; her caregiver Lourina Dupuis; and Frontier Hospice.
Donations in Donna’s name can be made to Frontier Hospice/Kalispell. Call Dianne or Jenna at (406)
A celebration of life for Donna is set for Sept. 11, 2021, Polson Senior Center at 11 am, lunch following.
So long, never goodbye, until we meet again. Go in peace, wonderful lady! We love you!!