Dorothy Marie Smith

Oct. 1, 1924 - June 13, 2019


June 19, 2019

Dorothy Marie Smith, 94, of Sweet Home, died June 13, 2019 at the Oregon Veteran’s Home in Lebanon.

She was born on October 1, 1924, in Goodman, Mo. to George and Mary Elizabeth (Marker) Spencer, one of 10 children.

She attended Banner Grade School through eighth grade, in Splitlog, Mo. 

She married Frank Smith in 1942 in Joplin, Mo. While he was in the Army they lived in many places around the U.S.

Mrs. Smith had a variety of different jobs as they moved around, including waitress, army tent seamstress, pressing uniforms at a dry cleaner for General Dwight D. Eisenhower, cooking on an Army base, making cereal boxes for Kellogg and working at a greeting card factory.

After settling down in Michigan, sons James (Jim) and John were born.

The Smiths, along with their sons, moved to Sweet Home in 1949. Daughter Jane was born soon after settling in Sweet Home.

Mrs. Smith worked as a row boss in Lebanon during raspberry and bean picking seasons. She was also a clerk at Ace Home Supply in Sweet Home. White’s Electronics was where she spent the last of her working years, retiring in 1986.

Mrs. Smith enjoyed gardening, cooking and canning for her family. She was also active at the Sweet Home Senior Center, planning and cooking meals. Hunting, fishing and card playing were enjoyed with family and friends. Quilting was another hobby she enjoyed. She was a member of a local quilting group called Scrap Bags for more than 25 years.

She is survived by sons James (Jim) and daughter-in-law Sue Smith of Brownsville, and John and daughter-in-law Wendy Smith of Sweet Home; daughter Jane and son-in-law Gary Hartman of Lebanon; six grandchildren, Tisha Brizzee, Kelly Archuleta, Jeremy Coulter, Shelley Strong, Wes Smith and Nick Mooers; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, all nine siblings and her husband Frank in 2002.

Services will be held at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, June 19, with viewing from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and a service at 11 a.m. 

A luncheon will follow at the Evangelical Church Activity Gym. Anyone who knew Mrs. Smith knows her love of red cardinals. In her memory join us in wearing red!  

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. 


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