In Memoriam: Edna Jean Smelser (April 11, 1980 – March 30, 2022)

April 2022 Posted in Obituary

Edna Jean Smelser, resident of Silverton, Oregon, and originally from Casper, Wyoming died Peacefully at home on March 30, 2022.

A Celebration of Life and Birthday Celebration was held on April 10 via Zoom. Details are on her Facebook page at

Those who shared the joy of being in Edna’s life included her husband, Karl; her three children, Jasper Jones of Wyoming, Tyrell Anthony of Iwoa, Justin Robbins of Oregon; and second mother to her dear friends’ daughter, Katalina Arellano.

She is also survived by her brother, James and his wife, Melissa Anthony, of Plymouth, Massachusetts; her brother, Cordell and his wife, Presley, of Montana; her brother, Levi Anthony, of Wyoming; and her mother, Holly Anthony, of Iwoa. She will be missed dearly by her extended family, aunt Julia and uncle Kevin of Washington; her close friends in Oregon including, but not limited to, the Arellano, Juarez, Barron, McKennan families, and friends that didn’t get a chance to be included. There are several cousins in Washington State including Robin and Elizabeth.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Norman and Wilma Anthony, and father, Curtis Dean.

Edna married her best friend, Karl on Aug. 8, 2015. She would say that their wedding day was the perfect day. Karl took care of her, and they were able to cherish the love that they shared. Edna wrote down three things that she was grateful for: her family, her friends and her dogs, which were her companions.  Karl’s father, Charles (a.k.a “Grandpa”), who lives with Karl, also acted as a companion for Edna.

She will be remembered for all the love, kindness, and generosity she had for her family, friends, especially recognizing her grandparents and her children. She was a hard-working woman who gave every bit she could to raising and tending to family. 

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