Jeanine Smith Pace passed away quietly at her daughter’s home in Sandy, Utah on August 15, 2023. A loving mother, sister, Aunt, grandmother, and friend, she will be remembered for her kindness, independence, incredible resilience and sense of humor.
Born Rilla Jeanine Smith, she grew up on a farm in Sunnyside, Washington and graduated from Granger High School. She attended Brigham Young University and graduated from their Nursing program with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1957. She married Earl Harris Pace on September 6, 1957 in the Salt Lake City Temple.
Earl’s career as a Naval officer offered them many opportunities to live across the country and around the world. Many family memories come from their moves and cross-country travels which often included 2 vehicles, a camper trailer, several pets and of course, their five children. Each new assignment became home as Jeanine quickly acclimated by serving in her community and church. She directed many ward choirs, served in leadership positions in Relief Society, Primary and Cub Scouting. Jeanine continued to work as a nurse and found fulfillment in being able to help so many people. Her career inspired many of her own family, several of whom are nurses.
She and Earl served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines (1999-2001) upon his retirement, where she served as the mission nurse. As she often said, she lived a life of adventure and loved every minute of it.
She was a talented musician, gifted seamstress, and an avid gardener. She found joy in the simple things: spending time with family, watching “her birds,” and feeling the breeze on her face when sitting outside.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Earl, who “finally called for her.” She is survived by her brother William Harrison Smith (Janet); her children, Cherlyn Call (Pratt), William Earl “Bill” Pace, (Dawn), Lydia Jane Peters (Bill), Stephen Carraway Pace, and Rebecca Jeanine McLeran, 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, August 24, 2023 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84106. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Memorial Holladay-Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 South Highland Drive, Holladay, Utah 84117.Service Information
Viewing August 23, 2023 at 6:30-8:30 PM
Memorial Holladay-Cottonwood Mortuary, 4670 South Highland Drive, Holladay, Utah 84117
August 24, 2023 at 10:00 AM
Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84106