Jeannine Ann (Smith) Freiboth passed away in her home on the morning of April 29th. She is missed so much already.
Jeannine (aka Jenny Wren, Smitty, Mom, and Grandma) was born on April 11th, 1953, in Glendive, Montana to Marjorie (Devier) and Roy Smith. She would eventually become an older sister to her brother Stuart, born on a Christmas Day.
Her early years were partially spent in Glendive living in an apartment complex where she shared a room with her cherished Aunt Shirley. She would spend weekends on the George Devier farm – baking, completing chores, and spending time with her mother’s family including Gertrude Huotari and Linda Burke.
Jeannine attended 1st – 3rd grade in Glendive; Worden 3rd-5th; Terry 6th -11th. Her family moved to Glasgow for a short period of time, but returned back to Terry after her dad bought the Ford Garage. She participated in the Rainbow Club and was a Majorette. Spare time was spent helping her dad at the Ford garage, riding her motorcycle across the badlands, and playing softball in the summer. Her first job was working at the Fort General Terry campgrounds.
During this time she also met Jere Freiboth – who would remain her high school sweetheart and eventually become her husband. Their date nights usually consisted of a drive in movie and ordering a Straight Vanilla from Young’s Bar and Cafe. They were crowned Prom King and Queen in 1971.
Although it was her childhood dream to be an acrobat in the flying trapeze and run away with the circus, once she graduated from high school she would attend freshman year of college at Montana State University – Bozeman and then finishing at Montana State University – Billings (formerly known as Eastern Montana College). She had a passion for education, children, and guidance – and this combination of interests would help her earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and graduate in 1975.
Jeannine returned to Terry to begin her teaching career. Jere completed schooling around the same time and would come to join his promised bride back in their home-town. They were married on May 24th, 1975 at the Presbyterian Church. They partied and danced for many years enjoying the finer things in life like bowling league, bridge games, whist, and going to Disneyland in their 1977 Ford Thunderbird T-Top (alongside Wray, Ramona, Celeste, and Cameron Freiboth).
After a few years of trying to start a family, Jeannine and Jere adopted their first child – Jade, in 1986. And then finally in 1989 they were blessed with their first blonde haired, blue-eyed girl – Jasmine. Jordan would eventually become the “baby girl” of the family in 1992. Jerett was an “almost Irish Twin” born in 1993 and was the missing piece of their family puzzle.
Jeannine’s new title of “Mom” would be the focus of her life from that point forward. Her days were spent teaching 3rd and 4th graders, while evenings and weekends were dedicated to her family. She helped with science fair projects, attended any and all athletic/band/choir events, organized birthday parties and sleep-overs, and was the biggest cheerleader for them all.
She watched all her children graduate from Terry High School and supported them all through the next phases of their life – college, cosmetology school, first jobs, marriage, or starting families of their own.
Jeannine added a new title – Grandma – in 2013 with the birth of her first grandbaby – Finley LouElla Smart (daughter of Jasmine and Patrick Smart, of Glendive). The family tree grew again in 2016 with the birth of their first grandson – Kelton Donovan – in 2016. She also loved getting to know and developing a relationship with her granddaughters Jaysha (17 years old) and Olivia (10 years old) from Billings (Jade and Justin Jagers).
After retiring from Terry Schools in 2016, Jeannine’s free time was spent tending to her flowers, keeping up with her grandkids, playing bridge at the Senior Center, participating in homemakers club, and attending community concerts in Glendive. She also joined a local book club, attended regular gatherings with her teacher friends, and recently had begun Bible Studies at the home of her good friend Lotty Rambur.
Jeannine liked to keep busy and enjoyed taking trips. Whether it was just down the road to baby-sit her grandkids on Fridays, take a spontaneous shopping trip to Dickinson, or hunt for leaves when visiting the Oregon Coast – she was always up for an adventure. She was looking forward to continued trips with her husband upon his retirement.
She wanted to be remembered as being honest, a person her family was proud of – and most of all humble. She worked hard, admitted mistakes, and always strived for better. She will be remembered by her family as understanding, genuine, and a person of complete, unselfish love.
Jeannine is preceded in death by her mother and father (Marjorie and Roy Smith); mother and father-in-law (Roberta and Raymond Freiboth); nephew Jason Freiboth (son of Wade and Dianne Freiboth); extended brother-in-law Kevin Kalfell (husband of Toni Freiboth (Kalfell)); and numerous other aunts and uncles.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years Jere Freiboth; her 4 children Jade (Justin Jagers), Jasmine (Patrick Smart), Jordan, and Jerett; brother Stuart Smith of Miles City; brothers-in-law Wray (Ramona) Freiboth, Lane (Sherry) Freiboth, and Wade (Dianne) Freiboth; sister-in-law Toni Freiboth (Kalfell); grandchildren Jaysha and Olivia Jagers, and Finley and Kelton Smart. Jeannine also had several other nieces, nephews, and cousins she held close to her heart.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church in Terry. Private family interment will be held prior to the services at the Prairie County Cemetery in Terry. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
If desired, memorials in Jeannine’s name can be made to Terry’s Save our Pool Fund or the Prairie Community Hospital Foundation.