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Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
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Billie Jo Smith

Billie Jo Smith, our beautiful and beloved mother, sister and friend was called to the Spirit World on Monday, January 16, 2023 in Bismarck, ND.

Billie Jo was born on her mother Julia’s birthday, April 19, 1978.  She had 4 brothers and 4 sisters.  Billie Jo was raised in the Bismarck area by Julia Smith.  Later on, she was married to William “Billy” Klesalek (Mandan, ND), 23 years ago.  Together they had 2 beautiful daughters, Destiny Jo and Sequoia Jo.  They made their home in Mandan for 10 years.  Billie Jo was a stay at home mother, while Billy worked for his family business, Klesalek Excavating, Mandan.  They later divorced but remained very good friends.  Billie Jo remained single for 6 years, until she met Corey James Cadotte (deceased) of Wakpala, SD.  Together they had a beautiful daughter, Corie Julia Cadotte (Wakpala, SD).  They later separated but also remained very good friends.  She also had 4 precious grandchildren, whom she loved with all her heart.  Billie Jo loved & enjoyed listening to music, singing, riding horses, garage sales, thrift stores, collecting jewelry, rodeos, camping, Pow Wows and four wheeling.  She loved being with and visiting with her family and friends.  She had the most beautiful smile that will stay in our hearts and minds forever and always. We will miss you so much JoJo (The cowgirl rides again).

She is survived by her father, David Smith; daughters, Destiny Jo Klesalek and Sequoia Jo Klesalek both of Mandan, ND and Corie Cadotte; brother, Brian Alberts (Crowhill, ND), Michael Smith (Devils Lake, ND) and Peter Smith, (Illinois); sisters, Lisa Mickelson (Fargo, ND), Tammy Smith (Fargo, ND), Tanisha Smith (St. Michael, ND and Michaelin Renville (Sisseton, SD); grandchildren, Aria & Elijah and Malaya & Michael Jr.; special friend, John Prudente (Mandan, ND); all her nieces & nephews, Aaliyah, Jesse, Simon, Shelby, Brian Jr., Brandon, Breena, Brin, Brice, Brianna, Alisha, Tristen, Tyler, Jayden, Jerzey and Juice.

Billie Jo is preceded in death by her mother, Julia Smith; baby brother, David Smith Jr.; uncles, Joseph Alberts Sr., Thomas Alberts and Romauld Alberts; aunt, Myra Lohnes and Corey Cadotte.

Pallbearers: Brian Alberts ~ William Klesalek ~ John Prudente ~ Brandon Alberts ~ Tyler Ross ~ Michael Taylor ~ Michael Smith ~ Tracy Alberts

Honorary Bearers:  Vonnie Jo Alberts, Vicki Alberts, Alyssa Alberts, Carrie Ann Smith, Ervinetta KillsPlenty, Berle McCaslin, Brett Alberts, James Alberts, Frank Lohnes Jr., Christopher Lovin, Joseph Alberts Jr., Starr Hunt, Waylon Smith, Wesley BigTrack, Calvin Smith and Lonnie Smith. We would like to thank everyone for their condolences, prayers and help.  Thank you to Evans Funeral Home, Fr. Paul Schuster, Spirit Lake Tribe & Council Members and St. Michael Rec. Center.

Billie Jo’s Visitation will be Sunday, 5:00PM followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00PM all at St. Michael Rec. Center, St. Michael, ND.

Friends wishing to join the procession from New Rockford to St. Michael may gather on the St. Jerome’s road, Fort Totten, prior to 4:15PM.

A Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 30, 2023, 10:00AM at St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael.

Her Burial will be at the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, St. Michael, ND.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So very sorry for the family’s loss of Billie. May she Rest In Peace n rise in the resurrection soon to come. Where we will see her again.

  2. my heart is still hurting, she was like a sister to me, I will always miss you

  3. My condolences to the Smith family, be strong for each other, RIP Billie Jo…love Blair and family

  4. I’m so glad you mentioned her smile because that’s what I will always remember about Billie- she was such a gentle soul- I look forward to seeing her again in the paradise- condolences to all of her family

  5. Sympathy and prayers to all of Billie’s family. May she rest in eternal peace with our Creator.

  6. much love cuz go in peace your cuz Michael G LaCroix

  7. RIP Billie Jo. I love you more than I can ever express in words.You will always be an essential part of me. You will be in my thoughts and prayers everyday until we meet again 💔

  8. Sympathy and prayers to all of Billie’s family. RIP Billie Jo

  9. RIP Billy Jo so sorry condolences to family

  10. I met Billie Jo in a real important place, home…Bismarck, and it was an honor getting a ride home from her once and then spending time with her a few times after that, it was an absolute joy to have her in my heart I’m so very sad that I’m not able to see her or visit. I’m so very grateful to have met such a blessed and beautiful lady whom I’d call my sister. My prayers and heart goes out to all of the family and friends whom are affected by this tragedy. Peace be with you my dear friend Billie Jo.

  11. Mom, every step I take.. every move I make.. I’ll be missing you… it’s kinda hard that your not around… I haven’t seen your message lately.. why aren’t you calling.. I miss you mom… your my other half… im incomplete with out you.. I need you more then ever right now… please mom watch over me and guide me through this addiction so that I can make it out safe…and bring my babies home.. I need you more then ever right now. until we see each other again… “mommy”… 🙁

  12. dang girl….I am so sorry I missed your send off to heaven. I know for sure Baby Dave n ya moms was waiting big Ole grins n happiness. Also my brother Delin too man heaven is popping. I I love you so much sis and only gonna pass on the good times we had in your honor cause thats what you deserve for being a true hearted honorable woman.


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