Written by Herald-News
Amelia Frances Smith, 96, of Poplar, died July 20, 2014, at Northeast Montana Health Services.
Shea was born in Roundup Aug. 21, 1917, to Frank and Theresa Spindler.
The family moved to the Poplar area when she was four years old. She went to school at the Fort Peck Indian School, completing the eighth grade.
She acquired 20 head of cows where she ran them in the “timber along the Missouri River.” One day in 1935 when she was out looking for the cows, she came across a truck stuck in the mud. The driver, David Jordan Smith, said, “Bub, go find Harry and tell him where I’m stuck at.” They were married June 1, 1938.
They farmed and ranched in the Poplar area where they raised six children, Barbara Smith, Catherine Kohl, Frank Smith, Raymond Smith, Cecil Smith and Marlene Smith.
She had 17 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great- grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David; infant son; three brothers, William and Donald Bridges and Frank Spindler; and two sisters, Theresa Spindler Carson and Kathryn Spindler Denny Grainger.
A visitation will be held Monday, July 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Poplar. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 29, at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Poplar. Interment will follow at the Poplar City Cemetery.