Anne Marie Smith, 79, passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
She was born October 5, 1934 to EJ and Christina Linke in Carlton, Oregon. Diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic at age three, she received a plaque in 2012 from the American Diabetes Association for living 75 years with Type 1 diabetes, making her the 59th person in the US to live that long with Type 1 diabetes.
She married Leonard Hilton, who preceded her in death, and in 1968 married Leon “Smitty” Smith. They were married 46 years.
Well known for riding and her love of horses, she was St. Paul Rodeo’s princess and Queen of the Sheridan Rodeo. She rode in an Arabian costume, which she made herself for her and family members. She even made the decorations for the saddles.
She loved to ride and camp in the mountains, and spent a lot of time riding the Barlow Road and giving lectures about it. In the 1960’s she owned the Recreation Bowling Lanes in downtown The Dalles. She spent time volunteering at the Wasco County Museum, and the Discovery Center.
One of her great loves was the Portland Trailblazers. She watched every game and got to know Kevin Duckworth and Clyde Drexler.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents, EJ and Christina Linke, her husband, Leonard Hilton, and two sons, Richard and Douglas Hilton. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Leon “Smitty” Smith, her children, James Hilton (Trudy), Beverly Lutz (Jim), Susan Meskill (Bill), Patti Hilton Burns (Frank), and David Smith. She had 7 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
There will be a Celebration of Life at Riverenza, 401 E. 10th St., The Dalles on Saturday, October 11th at 2 p.m.
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