Linda Kay Smiley passed away peacefully in her home on August 23, 2020. Linda was born in Whitesburg, Kentucky to Fess and Mary Boggs in October 1957. She was one of three children, and the family later moved to Columbus, Indiana where she spent her childhood and graduated high school.
After high school, Linda married her high school sweetheart, Mark Smiley. Soon thereafter, they made their way to Boise and Linda began to work toward a beautician’s license. However, as fate would have it she would find a position as a teller at Idaho First National Bank, which was the beginning of a life-long career in banking. It was during this period of her life that Linda and Mark had their only child, Ann.
Banking suited Linda very well as she quickly moved up in her thirty-five-year professional career as an executive business banker, establishing many life-long friendships and professional relationships. She built a faithful following of clients over the years, many of whom became personal friends. Her work ethic and genuine concern for their well-being and financial health was apparent. And she took the time to learn about them and their families. The same was true for her co-workers. After riding the waves of many bank mergers, Linda retired from Bank of the West, much to the dismay of her many loyal clients and co-workers.
Life would hand Linda many challenges during her career: she balanced raising a family, working full time, along with managing Mark’s illness for so many years, always telling friends “we’re good, we’re fine”, so fiercely independent. Despite all that was placed in her path, she always chose life and joy. She knew how to live a balanced life and was not afraid to make changes to stay focused on the important things in life. Upon Mark’s passing her life began a new chapter.
Her love of the outdoors would lead her on a path of many adventures. She enjoyed boating, water skiing, snowmobiling, ATV riding, motorcycle riding, snow skiing, hiking. While having lunch with friends in Crouch, Idaho she met Mike Monnie. Mike and Linda were later married in Crouch which began a sixteen year journey of traveling, golfing and endless adventures together. She treasured being a Nana and attending all the grandchildren’s sporting and school events.
Linda’s zest for life and enthusiasm inspired and affected all those who knew and loved her. She, as her friends would say, never met a stranger and was a gifted listener. She gathered friends of all ages everywhere she went, and she worked at nurturing those friendships. She touched so many lives by the grace of her love and charismatic energy. She was a fighter and tough as nails, but somehow managed, at the same time, to be the kindest, most positive person. She lived a purposeful life and all who knew her learned much from her character.
Linda is survived by her husband Mike Monnie, daughter Ann Hunter, grandchildren Parker and Sydney Hayden, Patrick Hunter, brothers Larry and Roger Boggs and niece Dawn Bolte. She was preceded in death by husband Mark Smiley and parents Fess and Mary Boggs.
Her faith in the Lord was strong and certain and she would always say that it would be ok, God had a plan. Rest in peace, dear wife, mother, grandmother and life-long friend. The loss of your presence will be felt forever by the many you touched.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to:
St Luke’s Health Foundation
190 E. Bannock St
Boise, Idaho 83712-6241
A memorial service will be held, 2:00 pm, Friday, September 4, 2020 at Bowman Funeral Parlor, 10254 W. Carlton Bay Dr., Garden City. Due to Covid-19, seating is limited to 20. Please RSVP to the family or the funeral home if you would like to attend.
A link to the live stream of the service will be available below on the day of the service.
Password : bowmanlive
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Deb Jenkins saysAugust 28, 2020 at 6:10 pm
Mike, I’m so very sorry. I hope you are comforted by wonderful memories of your life with this beautiful woman. Thinking of you…
Jan Reid saysAugust 29, 2020 at 9:28 am
I haven’t seen Linda in years but I always considered her a friend. Met her when we worked together at Idaho First Bank back in the 80’s. She was such a hard worker, a little devious (which made us laugh and provided good memories), and a great person.
So sorry for your loss Ann and Mike. The world is definitely dimmer without her shining light. May God wrap His arms around you and give you His peace.
RIP, Linda. See you again on the other side…
Michael Hackwell saysAugust 29, 2020 at 10:56 am
Our love goes out to Linda’s whole family. We have known and worked with Linda for many years and she would always a light up the room when she entered. She was always so positive and happy we will truly, deeply miss her.
The Hackwell Family
Vicky McIntyre saysAugust 30, 2020 at 6:23 pm
It has been years since I’ve seen and talked to both Linda and Mike. I’ve known both since the 80’s when we worked together at Idaho First National. How time flies. My deepest sympathy to Mike and Ann. Please know that many of us really enjoyed Linda and hope that your memories will give you peace.
Laurie Hingtgen saysAugust 31, 2020 at 3:39 pm
Mike, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Comfort you and may you hold the beautiful memories of Linda forever in your heart.
Bill Leahy saysSeptember 2, 2020 at 12:40 pm
Mike, so very sorry to hear of Linda’s passing.