April May Smith
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April 1, 1968 - February 13, 2013
Angels came February 13, 2013 to take April, 44, home to our Heavenly Father. She was tragically and instantly killed in a single car accident just south of Sidney, Montana. And the Angels cried as they lay down by her side. During Aprils last days she thoroughly enjoyed operating a loader and moving Earth for Double A Trucking based in Sidney.
April was born in Burley, Idaho on April 1st, 1968. The family moved to Union, Oregon in 1971 where she attended grade school. The "Last Frontier" called the family to Anchorage, Alaska in 1979 and April finished her primary education. She then trail blazed her way to the Island of Kodiak, Alaska where her sense of adventure led her to the commercial fishing industry. In 1990 April was blessed with a gift to all, her daughter, Michaela R Hodge. She made a home until in 1994 her son Aiden A. Ott was born. She had the good fortune to travel with her young children to Austria and tour parts of Europe. The adventure continued with her move to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2000 where the Gypsy life consumed her. She traveled much of the U.S.A. choosing fairs to merchandise and entertain. In 2009 April was needed in Nampa, Idaho where she met a true love, Stan. They went to the Bakken Oil fields in 2012. They made a home and enjoyed life with their good friends Mike and Tami Ault until her death.
April is survived by: her mother, Terry Shuter, Nampa, ID; her father and stepmother, John B. (Rhonda) Looney, Heppner, OR; her sister, Janice C. Looney, Minot, ND; her brother, Michael B. Looney, Anchorage, AK; half brothers, William E. Looney, John P. Looney, Mathew A. Looney and Anthony D. Looney, all of Heppner, OR; her daughter, Mechila R. Hodge, Seattle, WA; her son, Aiden Ott, Kodiak, AK.
Amongst April's many accomplishments in her life was an Outstanding Achievement Award granted her from the Poetry Society of America. Her poem titled "The Angels cried".
April will join the family plot at Island City Cemetery, Oregon.
Contributions for Aprils Memorial services may be made directly to; Terry Shuter 8118 E. Orah Way Nampa, Idaho 83687.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 22, 2013