Written by The Herald-News
Tressie ‘Theresa’ Catherine (Steele) Smoker, “Cante Waste Wi,” “Kind Hearted Woman,” died Nov. 19, 2013, at the Faith Home in Wolf Point.
She was born Feb. 9, 1939, to William “Billy” Steele and Agnes Scott in Poplar. She attended school until the young age of 16 when she met and married Kenneth Smoker June 18, 1955, in Poplar.
She instantly found her calling as a mother and nurturer with the birth of her four children, Jeri Lynn, Kenneth Jr., Karen Rose and John Rocky. She was a faithful homemaker and sold Avon until the 1970s when she was hired at the Indian Health Service as a dental assistant. She was a staple in Poplar Schools for her routine teeth checks. She faithfully served her role as dental assistant in the Vern E. Gibbs Indian Health Center in Poplar until 2009.
She was the biggest champion and cheerleader for her children. She was a devout Poplar Indians fan for over 40 years, watching her children and grandchildren flourish athletically.
She enjoyed a competitive game of Scrabble with her sisters and spending quiet evening putting together large challenging puzzles.
She was preceded in death by her children, John Rocky and Karen Rose; brothers, Fred, Dorrance ‘Curly’ and Lonnie; and sisters, Carlene, Trivian, Marlene and Mary Rose.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Sr.; children, Kenneth Jr. and Jeri; adopted daughter, Rose Morsette; adopted sons, Nick Hagadone and Lowell Standing; sister, Thelma; and numerous grandchildren, adopted grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Poplar. Interment was at the Poplar City Cemetery in Poplar. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point has been entrusted with the arrangements.