Ilene Ann Smith Leishman passed away Sunday, April 19, 2020 at her home in Polson, Montana following a long battle with chronic lung disease. She was born January 20, 1933 in Polson, Montana. She was the third child, with two older brothers.
She graduated from high school in St. Ignatius. She married the love of her life, Wesley William Leishman November 3, 1951. They had five children: Mike, Philip (Mary), Janet (Will), Joyce (Jim), and JoLynn. Her husband passed too soon September 1989.
In addition to the children, and grandchildren, great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; Donna (sister-in-law) and husband, nieces and nephews. She treasured friendships and had many friends.
Ilene’s first career was as a farm and ranch wife and mother. Later, she became a medical biller and coder. After retiring three times from three different positions, she became a volunteer at Benefis Health System.
We will miss the carmels, fudge, krumkake and lefse that she generously gifted us with!
An immediate family only graveside service will be held Thursday, April 23, 2020 with burial next to Wes at Pleasant View Cemetery in St. Ignatius. A larger celebration of life and memorial service will be held when COVID-19 restrictions ease. Due to the limitations of COVID-19 safety precautions we request no flowers. Memorials may be sent to the charity of choice.