On June 9, 2018 Kea Liann Smith took her life after struggling with health issues over the past several years. Kea attended Capitol High School and graduated from North West College of Wyoming in 1995 where she spent two years on the college rodeo team. She returned to Helena and operated a horse training center until closing it in 2016 due to health issues. She remained an enthusiastic supporter of her girls and to others. Kea touched many hearts through horses and her love for the sport.
She is survived by her daughters, TateLynne Waddell and Tana Waddell, Helena, her Mother, Zana Smith, Uncle, Kent (Jackie) Smith, Helena, Cousins Tony (Lyndsay) Smith, Helena, Tanner (Briana) Smith and family, Helena, Kellie (Justin) Knapp and Family, Helena, and companion, Trent Morley of Helena.
A memorial service is being planned for later in the summer.