Daylene Margaret Smith passed away peacefully of old age at a local nursing home surrounded by family on April 27, 2018 in Nampa, Idaho at the age of 75. Daylene was born in Pomona, California on June 7, 1942 to Josephine and Dale Weaver. She was the youngest of two children.
Daylene spent a large part of her youth on a chicken ranch in Rancho Cucamonga, California where she discovered her love for gardening. Daylene attended Redlands High School and graduated in 1960. She then went on to Chaffey Jr. College where she entered the nursing program and became a Licensed Vocational Nurse. While she attended college, she discovered her feelings for Earl Smith, who had been a friend of her older brothers. He took her on their first date to the Los Angeles County Fair and a year later in 1961 Earl and Daylene became husband and wife. They've been by each other’s side ever since.
Shortly after their marriage they welcomed their first child and only daughter, Tamera in October of 1962. After college, Daylene worked as nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, Medical Surgery Unit and as a Ward Nurse doing what she loved for 39 years at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital in Banning, California. In 1973 the family relocated to Hemet, California and a year later they added to the family when Daylene gave birth to their second child and only son, Christopher in 1974.
After many years and dedication to her nursing career Daylene retired in 2004 at the age of 61. After retirement, Daylene, Earl and their adopted grandson Noah relocated to Nampa, Idaho to be near their other grandchildren and to raise Noah away from the hustle and bustle of California cities.
Daylene enjoyed being in her flower and vegetable gardens and loved sharing her bountiful harvest with family, friends and neighbors. She enjoyed sewing just about anything from blankets to costumes and clothes for her grand babies and great-grands and anyone else in need. She was extremely crafty and could always be found in her pink room scrap booking, sewing, measuring this and that and organizing. When she wasn't sewing, gardening or scrap booking she was in the kitchen teaching her granddaughters how to bake. She'd say, "Don't leave one drop in the bowl, that's one bite you'll be missing out on". Getting the whole family together for dinner was her all-time favorite thing to do. She was always so thankful for her family and enjoyed spending time with them reminiscing and getting a good laugh in. Every single person in Daylene's life couldn't deny that she was always there to lend an ear and offer a hug when you needed it. Her big squeezes will be missed by everyone. XOXO
Daylene is survived by her husband Earl Smith, her brother Ronald (Linda) Weaver, her two children Tami (Mark) Alderman, and Christopher Smith, her five grandchildren Jillene Taylor, Eric (Tara) Gervais, Danielle (Lance) Wilson, Noah Smith and LillyAnn Smith and her eight great grandchildren Ashley, Aspen, Kaden, Ryder, Peytyn, Dehaven, Avery and Killian.
Daylene was preceded in death by her mother Josephine and father Dale, her Aunt Elizabeth "Betty" Whitehead, as well as her step-father Frank Grove whom she cared deeply for.
At Daylene's request, she will be reunited with her mother and step-father's ashes in the High Sierras at Slate Creek where she spent many summers mining for gold with her family.
We will not be having a formal service for Daylene, but we do ask that you toast her and rejoice at her life, for she had an amazing one. Immediate family will be gathering to celebrate her life and share one more meal together in her name.
Please send condolences to Earl Smith and Family at 17628 Silk Ave, Nampa, ID 83687