Smith, Doris

Written by David Green.

Doris I. Smith, 90, of U.S. 20, Fayette, Ohio, died May 1, 2006 at her home.

She was born March 27, 1916 in Fayette, Ohio, to Lee and Ethel (Ratcliff) VanValkenburg. She married J. Dale Smith on Aug. 31, 1939 in Wauseon, Ohio and he preceded her in death Dec. 5, 1972.

Doris graduated from Fayette High School in 1936. She enjoyed flowers and gardening and dearly loved her grandchildren. She attended the Church of the Nazarene.

Doris is survived by one daughter, Diana (and Willie) York of Lyons, Ohio; two sons, Duane (and Shirley) Smith of Hudson, Mich., and Donald Smith of Fayette; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Cynthia Allion of Morenci and Dorothea O’Brien of Lyons, Ohio; two brothers, Francis VanValkenburg of Morenci, and John (and Joyce) VanValkenburg of Prattville, Ala. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Florence VanValkenburg; and one brother, Bill VanValkenburg.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette with Pastor Donna Stutzman officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

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