The Lusk Herald
August 26, 2015
Revised in the September 16, 2015 edition of The Lusk Herald
OraLee Miller Vondra Smith passed away August 17, 2015 at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Pier Funeral Home in Lusk, Wyo.
She was the fourth of seven children born to A.R. (Pat) and Velda (Penn) Miller. She was born at home on the Hat Creek homestead. OraLee attended rural schools in Niobrara County and graduated from Lusk High School in 1947. After graduation she worked as a secretary for Si West (who was the county agent) for several years.
She married Joe Vondra on February 29, 1948. To this union two children were born. They divorced in 1956.
She later married James E. Smith in 1958. They had one child. Jim and OraLee lived in the Moorcroft area for many years eventually moving to Lusk. OraLee was a housewife and enjoyed working as a waitress. She enjoyed being a member of the cast for the Legend of Rawhide.
She is survived by two sons: KC Vondra and Jess Smith of Casper, Wyoming, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two sisters, Orese Vondra of Casper, Sharon (Jerry) Kanode of Moorcroft and one brother Patrick (Pat) A. (Bev) Miller of Lance Creek.
OraLee was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister, a son JB Vondra and her husband Jim Smith.
Ardale June Coffee (January 31, 1929 - October 2, 2012)June Lois Fullmer (June 20, 1928 - December 26, 2001)Cleo E. Green (January 17, 1919 - November 30, 1996)Henry Jerome Leffingwell (August 29, 1907 - March 31, 1970)Vonda Jo Martinez (November 22, 1964 - July 17, 2014)Leo C. Matthews (June 12, 1920 - September 28, 1988)Tim Matthews (September 22, 1957 - May, 1985)Aubry Raymond Miller (May 30, 1893 - July 22, 1969)Don Melvin Miller (November 23, 1925 - May 31, 1996)George Melvin Miller (November 24, 1897 - June 9, 1984)George Aubry Miller (July 21, 1924 - July 21, 1954)Jack Miller (June 20, 1928 - August 28, 1998)Ollie May Miller (April 3, 1901 - February 27, 1974)Patrick Ace Miller (January 27, 1943 - June 7, 2017)Velda Bernice Miller (August 2, 1905 - June 25, 1990)Wyoma Velda Miller (March 16, 1923 - May 13, 1933)Mary Ann Sides (February 3, 1934 - August 21, 2011)Robert Allyn Sides (September 28, 1928 - May 27, 2003)Hattie G. Vondra (July 19, 1902 - November 20, 1996)Joseph Vondra (January 24, 1923 - July 11, 1969)Joseph Marion Vondra (March 17, 1894 - March 24, 1955)Orese Lois Vondra (December 20, 1931 - January 8, 2017)Verne Lee Vondra (December 18, 1926 - February 26, 1992)
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