Those we love, remain with us, for love itself lives on. And cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there are memories, they’ll live within our heart. Mary Jane Legoski Smith, a resident of Dayton, was born in the hills west of Sheridan on August 3, 1923. She often shared stories of her childhood while living on Dry Creek - from being a player on the Dry Creek Buzzards Football team, playing in the flume in Tongue River Canyon, riding in a wagon up the mountain road, and trading with the Crow as they passed through Dry Creek on their way to Indian Days. In 1938, at age 15, she began her first job working at Teepee Lodge in the Bighorns, and worked as a cook on various ranches in the Sheridan area until she met Clifford Smith in 1946. Cliff and Mary were married on October 25, 1946, in Billings, Montana. The Bighorn Mountains were a very important part of Mary’s and her family’s lives. Weekends were almost always spent on the mountains, fishing, exploring or hunting. Mary and her family hiked and backpacked all of the trails from Coffeen Park into the Cloud Peak Wilderness. When she was 83, Mary and her four children made her last trip to Lake Geneva. Mary’s greatest passion was her family. She loved her children with all her heart. Mary’s career was raising her children, and she was so proud of the professionals they became. Mary leaves her children, James (Julianne) Smith of Lubbock, Texas, Jerry (Cecile) Smith of Chevy Chase, Maryland, Judy (Daryl) Jennings of Dayton and Jack (Terri) Smith of Sheridan; grandchildren Jennifer (Jeff) McHam, Jeremy (Heidi) Smith, Erich (Bridget) Smith, Tim (Rebecca) Haffey and Joe Haffey and great grandchildren (Sierra, Sam, Ethan, Sarah and Bridger). She was preceded in death by her husband and soul mate, Clifford Smith and beloved grandson Christian Smith; her parents Joseph and Susanna Legoski, brothers Joe Legocki, Andy Legoski, John Legoski and sisters Anna Gligorea, Susie Morris and Lizzie Irwin. At the request of Mary, she has been cremated and there will be private family services.
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