Ilse Smilie

Posted 9/20/21

Ilse Smilie, 96, passed peacefully in her home at Brookstone Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.  She was a retired teacher

A memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Paris Presbyterian …

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Ilse Smilie

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Ilse Smilie, 96, passed peacefully in her home at Brookstone Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.  She was a retired teacher

A memorial service is 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Paris Presbyterian Church. A second memorial service hosted by her backpacking friends is 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, in the Hoosier National Forest

She is survived by her children, Dal Kline (Jane) Smilie of Helena, Mont., Kathy Roberta Smilie of Paris and Rich Henry (Sharon) Smilie of Houston, Texas; and her brother, Werner (Marty) Heinrich of Clermont, Florida.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Smilie.

Mrs. Smilie taught kindergarten in Vermilion, Vance and Crestwood for a total of 37 years. She also taught science at Shiloh. She could hardly go anywhere without running into one of her children. After retirement, she stayed active with the Edgar County Chapter of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

She emigrated from Germany at 18 months with her family, escaping the hyperinflation that followed World War 1. They arrived just in time for the Great Depression. She was always glad to find a German speaker so she could stay fluent.

Mrs. Smilie had an inquisitive mind and earned many post master’s credits. She loved art and science. She could identify any plant she found or any constellation she saw. Life remained wondrous. She graduated from Lincoln Chiropractic College and earned a master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University. She went on to earn 30 hours of continuing credit.

Her memberships included Edgar County Retired Teachers Association, National Retired Teachers Association, American Association of Retired People, Hoosiers Backpackers, Sierra Club, Indianapolis Hiking Club, National Education Association, Illinois Retired Teachers Association and the Presbyterian Church.


She enjoyed her twilight swims from her lot on the Twin Lakes on hot nights. She was active with the local Audubon Chapter and the Hoosier Backpackers Club. She backpacked all over the U.S., Canada and much of Europe. She backpacked well into her 80s.


Memorial donations may be made to the Sutton Senior Center or Faith in Action.