Lois Smith

Lois Jean (Hanson) Smith, age 90, of Rochester, died on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, after suffering a stroke.

Lois was born on April 5, 1929, in Slope County, North Dakota, to Alvin and Annabelle (Hoffman) Hanson. She was married to Nickolas Thor Smith for 67 years, and they lived on a farm in southwest Rochester. Lois was a hard worker her whole life. Besides being a farmer's wife, she had part-time jobs at Piggly Wiggly and Kmart, and was a very competent housekeeper for many years.

For 10 years, Lois and Nick enjoyed spending their winters in Apache Junction, Ariz. Lois returned to Arizona to live for the past three years, and recently moved back to Minnesota to be with her family.

She enjoyed dancing to country music, playing cards, tending her flower gardens, watching old cowboy movies and being with family and friends.

She is survived by four children, Jeffrey (Debra) Smith, Dixie (Cary) Tesmer, Christie Herman and Tracy Smith; five granddaughters, Angela, Nicole, Macey, Katie and Rachel; four great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Michael, Willow and Farrah; a brother, Dudley Hanson; and two sisters, Victoria (Jerry) Matzke and Nancy (Don) Parry.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Nick; her parents, Alvin and Annabelle Hanson; and three brothers, Alton (Betty) Hanson, Henry (Mary) Hanson, and Elmer Hanson.

A gravesite gathering for family and friends will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester, followed by a celebration of her life at the home of Chris Herman.