Jolianne `Jolie" Smith Neese, age 38, passed away peacefully at her home in Holladay April 17, 1991. She fought a courageous and inspiring battle with a malignant brian tumor for 10 1/2 years.Jolie was born March 10, 1953 in Salt Lake City to Lemert W. "Doc" and Katheryn Robison Smith. Married Jeffrey Lewis Neese on January 25, 1971 in Pocatello, Idaho; marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Jolie lived her entire life in the Salt Lake area. She graduated from Granite High School in 1971 and attended the University of Utah. She was involved in school activities as a cheerleader, musician, dancer and as an actress in school plays. She was a Sterling Scholar in speech and drama at Granite High in 1971. She was also very skilled in handwork. Most of her friends and family members treasure gifts of blankets or other items handmade by Jolie. But mostly, Jolie was a devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister.
She will be deeply missed and always loved and remembered by her husband, Jeff; two daughters and one son, Alison, Tori and Bradley, all of Holladay; father and mother, Sandy; brother and two sisters, Cary L. (Susan) Smith, Aurora, Ill.; Pamela (Brian) O'Conner, Vienna, Virginia; Melanie Smith, Louisville, Kentucky; parents-in-law, Jack R. and Joy W. Neese, Ogden; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jon W. (Jolene) Neese, Farmington; Jeri (Rich) Pugh, Midvale; Jill (Garlan) Miller, Vancouver, Washington; Jay B. (Debbie) Neese, Littleton, Colorado; Jani (Alan) Hicken, Salt Lake City; also many nieces and nephews and close friends.
Jolie's family wishes to express their gratitude to the many doctors and nurses who gave her such fine care during her illness. Particularly Drs. Darryl Hensleigh and Henry Plenk in Salt Lake City and Drs. Michael Salcman and Richard Kaplan at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. Their great skills allowed Jolie's life to be extended for ten years beyond what anyone thought was possible. This allowed her to see her small children grow into young adults. We also wish to thank Patricia Sonntag and Christie Love, Jolie's good friends, who gave her so much love and care in her final months.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 22, at 11 a.m., at the Holladay 18th Ward Chapel, 2625 East Milo Way (4910 South). Friends may call at MacKay Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 South Highland Drive, Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Monday at the ward chapel, one hour prior to services. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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