Reta Ann (Lorance) Smith, daughter of Bert Edward Lorance and Edith Marie (Stock) Lorance, passed away quietly in her sleep March 1, 2018 at Brookdale Lowry Retirement Center, Clara Bridges Wing, Denver, Colo. at the age of 78.
Reta was born January 19, 1940 in Niobrara County, Lusk, Wyo. and graduated in 1957 from Stratton High School, Neb.. She is a descendant of the St. Claire, Stock and Lorance families, who homesteaded land near Stratton and Wauneta, Neb. Reta married Kent Robert Smith in the Catholic Church on April 18, 1959 in Louviers, Colo.
Their son Mitchell Kent Smith was born Dec. 14, 1961 in Denver, Colo. Because his father was in the navy, Mitchell attended school in Hawaii, then Casper, Wyo. Reta received her Associate Degree of Arts in Education from Sheridan College in May 1972.
She was predeceased by her parents and grandparents.
Reta is survived by her former husband Kent Smith; son Mitchell Smith and wife Lynette (Kerstein) Smith; grandchildren Levi James Kerstein, Mara Lynn Smith and Kyle James Smith; brother Richard Wayne Lorance and wife Susan (Jay) Lorance, their daughters Abigail (Lorance) Beyer with sons Marshall and Carter, Jessica (Lorance) Derx and husband Ian; aunt Lois (Stock) (Wheeler) Lane; second cousin Norma (Lorance) Thomas and husband Robert and many cousins living in Nebraska, Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Florida.
Her Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. (MT)., Friday, March 9, 2018 at Liewer Funeral Home in Wauneta. Interment will follow immediately at Riverside Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest beside her parents.
A memorial has been established in Reta’s memory.
On line condolences may be left at liewerfuneralhome.com.