Doris was a close personal friend of Carole Tucker and an immediate backer and supporter of the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center. Although Doris was unable to donate her time to the Center she contributed many, many items to our collection. Her encouragement and trust in us has helped us to stay the course while we continue on our goal of building a top notch research institution. Our most sincere condolences are extended and offered to her family and friends.
Below is a copy of her obituary as published by Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel both online and in print in the Scottsbluff Star-Herald Newspaper.
Doris L. Smith, 95, of the Lake Alice Community, died Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, at Heritage Estates in Gering. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 8 at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel. Private family interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9 at Heritage Estates in Gering. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church or West Nebraska Family Research & History Center. Her obituary may be viewed and condolences left at www.dugankramer.com
Doris was born April 6, 1920, in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska, to Chet J. and Hazel M. (Smith) Stratton. She attended school at Lake Alice until the 10th grade, graduating as salutatorian from Scottsbluff High in 1937. She was united in marriage to Earl R. Smith on June 18, 1938, at Scottsbluff. The couple raised their daughters on the Smith family farm in the Lake Alice Community.
Doris and Earl were partners in the farming operation, with Earl running the farm and Doris handling the books. Doris took pride in raising a garden and chickens to provide for her family. She was an involved 4-H leader for many years and helped at the Scotts Bluff County Fair and served on the election board. She was an avid genealogist, documenting the Smith family tree back to the Mayflower. Doris kept track of everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries and was the family historian.
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