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November 2, 2018
Emmetsburg News

Funeral services for Dorothy M. Smith were held on Monday, October 29 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven.

Rev. Tom Summerfield officiated.

Interment was in Crown Hill Cemetery at Ruthven.

The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Jean (Miller) Smith, daughter of Anthony "Slim" and Anna (Kinnetz) Miller, was born October 19, 1932 in Palo Alto County. She received her education at Lake Center School, graduating in 1950. Following high school, Dorothy attended Hamilton Business College, graduating in 1952.

On September 5, 1954, Dorothy was united in marriage to Franklin "Swede" Smith in Ruthven. To this union five sons were born.

Dorothy was employed as the secretary for the superintendent of schools in Clay County. She later worked at St. Luke's, the Sheriff's department, Lazy O Farm Supply and Clark Chiropractic. Dorothy also served as a teacher's aid at Lake Center School while her sons were in school.

Dorothy was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ruthven, later becoming a member of Hope Reform Church in Spencer, staying active in Zion Lutheran Church Bible Study. Dorothy taught Sunday School, Bible School and was active in church circle. Dorothy was also a member of the Lake Township Farm Booster Club. Dorothy and Swede loved dancing and were members of the Spencer Squares dancing group and the Woodcliff Wranglers. Dorothy enjoyed her Bible study group that she participated in.

Dorothy loved her farm and the lake. She enjoyed fishing and will be remembered for her homemade bread. Dorothy often used 100 pounds of flour during a winter season, baking bread for friends and family. She also was known for her handwritten letters that she sent, always written in cursive. Her friends and family were very important to Dorothy.

Dorothy passed away Thursday, October 25 at the Spencer Municipal Hospital, at the age of 86. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Swede in 1996; a sister, Doris Ploeger; a brother, Gerald Miller; and a niece, Susan Ploeger.

She is survived by her children, Steven (Mary) Smith of North Liberty, David Smith of Ruthven, Russell (Kristy) Smith of Spencer, Bradley Smith of Terril and Marvin (Rhonda) Smith of Dickens; twelve grandchildren; four great grandchildren, Jill Moser, Javin Smith, Luciano Ledesma and Elijio Ledesma; a brother, Bob (Linda) Miller of Spokane, WA; sister-in-law, Elsie Wichman of Ruthven; as well as many other friends and family.

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