Monta Rae Rallison Smith passed away peacefully on Sept. 21, 2022. She was the second
daughter of George (Stanley) Rallison and Harriett (Hattie) Jensen Rallison. She was born
Jan. 17, 1934, in one of two apartments in a tiny white Victorian house that sits on a corner
in Whitney, Idaho.
She grew up in Preston, Idaho, and attended the Preston schools. The love of her life, Val Smith,
proposed to her on the steps inside Preston High School while he was on leave from Korea.
They were married Aug. 4, 1952, in Franklin, Idaho, and later sealed in the Logan Temple for
time and all eternity on May 25, 1967.
Monty was a very proud military wife and together she and Val moved all over the country.
During those years they had four children: Debora (Jack) Kohles of Preston, Idaho, Steven (Kaelyn)
Smith of St. George, Utah, Van (Susan) Smith of Henderson, Nevada, and Catherine Charles of
St. George, Utah. They have 12 Grandchildren: Annika, Kalani, Tyson, Kristi, Ryan, Jason,
Brooke, Trevor, Stacia, Aubrey, Kalister, and Keenan, as well as 29 great-grandchildren, three great-
great-grandchildren, and two more great-great-grandchildren on the way.
Nothing made Monty happier than having her entire family in her home making memories. She
was never without a Werther’s candy to share with pretty much anyone she encountered. She
sang songs like “You Are my Sunshine” and the ever-popular “A Bushel and a Peck” to her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Stan and Hattie, her husband of 59 years Val, her sister Karma Garrett, brother-in-law Jack Garrett and nephew Stan Garrett.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to everyone at Heritage Senior Living in Preston and to her hospice nurses, especially Thelma, who has been there for her for so many years. The love you have given to her has meant so much to us and to her.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at 11 a.m., at Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff Street, St. George, Utah, with a viewing prior to services from 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Interment will follow the services at Tonaquint Cemetery, 1777 S. Dixie Dr., St. George, Utah.
Arrangements are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St., St. George, 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Monta Rae’s online guest book.https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Smith-Monta-Rae-Obituary-Photo-400x441.jpgYou can find the complete original obituary on this website.