June 6, 1947 ~ December 31, 2019 (age 72)


Penni Jo Smith, 72, passed away, December 31, 2019, at home from Multiple Myeloma Cancer.  She was born June 6, 1947, in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Jerry and Mabel Metz. 

Penni left Colorado at the age of 17, to elope with her true love Gary Smith, who joined the military.  They started their life together with two $17 wedding rings, and two paper bags full of clothes.  For 53 years, they traveled the globe together and finally put down roots in Troy, Montana.  Since 1990, they called Milnor Lake their home.  They made it an amazing place for their kids to live and visit over the years. Penni’s hobbies of love were bowling, fishing, horseback riding, and card playing. She had several four-legged friends along the way, including horses- “Doc and Flicker”;  dogs- Traveler, Gypsy, Mittens, Clancy, Little Bits, Tazz, Socks, Bandit, Petey, Callie, Rocket, and Happy.  Her love of animals was her pride and she always spoiled them rotten. 

Survivors include her children Tami Hales, Gary Smith, and Brian Smith; 5 grandkids- Roshae', Frankie, Abigail, Benjamin and, Maddy.  

Any donations, upon her request should be sent to Kootenai Pets for life in her memory.  Penni’s memorial service will be in the spring, where she and her husband Gary will be placed together once again, in their family plot, at Milnor Lake Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at

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