Corena E. Smith of Vernal, passed away July 23, 2020, in Vernal, Utah due to complications from illness with her daughter Susan A. Holmes by her side.
Corena was born in Vernal, Utah December 27, 1934, to Ben and Winona Mondragon. She grew up in the Vernal and Orem area with her older brother Berney M. Mondragon. Corena married Johnny R. (Jack) Smith on September 8th, 1954 in Ely, NV. This marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in August 1967. Two children were born in this marriage, with a third child later sealed to this marriage. Jack died in 1974. Later she married Bill Hardle in 1982 until his death in 1988.
Corena traveled the world with her sweetheart Jack who was in the military throughout their married life. They traveled and lived in many stations in Europe as well as many bases in the U.S. She served two LDS Temple missions with Bill Hardle in the Denver Temple, and Atlanta Georgia Temple. Corena made friends everywhere she went. She had a zest and love of life which she shared with all who knew her. Corena had many gifts and talents, sewing, gardening, collecting antiques, organizing parties and reunions for her friends and family, she volunteered her time and talents to many clubs and charities, and lastly traveling with friends and family.
Corena is survived by her three children Janet L. (William) Grimes of Kansas City, Missouri, Susan A. (Lorin) Holmes of Vernal, Utah and Paul J. Smith Utah. She is also survived by four stepchildren Steve Hardle, Martin Hardle, Bruce Hardle of Salt Lake City, Utah and Heather Mavandi of Tustin, California. She is survived by one brother Berney M. (Louise) Mondragon of American Fork, Utah and his children, Jon (Tammy), Scott (Robyn) Mondragon of Utah and Julie (Jack) Sanford of Utah.
Corena is preceded in death by her husbands Johnny R. (Jack) Smith, Bill Hardle, her parents Ben and Winona Murray Mondragon and step-Father Carl Olson.
Graveside services for Corena Smith will be held August 7, 2020 at 11:00am at the Jensen Cemetery, 5250 South 9000 East, Jensen, Utah. Online condolences may be shared at www.AshleyValleyFuneralHome.com.
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