Clara Kober Smith was born on the family farm west of Park City, Montana on August 31, 1926 to Henry and Elizabeth Kober. Clara graduated from Park City High School. On August 11, 1951, she married Jack Smith in Billings, Montana. In 1952 the couple moved to Helena to manage the Credit Bureau of Helena. They lived in Helena the rest of their lives in the home they built.
Three sons were born to the couple; Steve (Jeanne) of Las Vegas, Bradley (Marcia) and Mark of Helena.
Clara is survived by grandchildren Erin (Chad) Russell and their son, Prior of Belgrade, Montana; Stephanie (Ryan) Sligar and their daughters, Natalie and Cameryn of Las Vegas, Nevada; Christopher, Matthew and Timothy Smith of Helena; sisters, Anna Marie Griffel, Columbus, Montana; Vivian Roberts, Billings, Montana; Shirley Strong, Bracey Virginia and sister-in-law, Diane Kober Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; eight brothers and one sister.
Clara was a life-long member of Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. She was an avid gardener, bridge player and bowler. Jack and Clara enjoyed many years of dancing.
A memorial service celebrating Clara’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 28th at the First Lutheran Church, 2231 Broadway Ct. Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Helena.