Dorothy A. Smith, age 85, of 8 Park Avenue; Gladstone, died Thursday afternoon, September 14th, 2006, at St. St. Francis Hospital where she was a patient for the previous 2 weeks.
Dorothy was born February 28th, 1921 in Jamaica, New York, the daughter of Joseph and Dora (Schweithelm) Dallara and was raised there. On December 11th, 1945, she married Olen L. Smith and they relocated to Muskegon, Michigan in 1945 where they raised their family. After her children were raised, Dorothy began her college education with Western Michigan University and obtained a teaching degree. She mainly taught 5th grade classes for the Duck Creek School System for approximately 10 years until retiring in 1978. She and her husband, Olen, settled in the Gladstone area in 1986.
Dorothy had a variety of interests and hobbies, with decoupage as one of her primary interests. In addition, she enjoyed photography, flower gardening, dancing, playing cards, and traveling.
Her family was so proud of her determination in life. Not only with continuing her education later in life after her family was raised, but most importantly, with the fortitude, courage, and the uncomplaining attitude she had displayed with the Parkinson