SPRINGFIELD: Dorothy Irene Smith, 97, of Springfield died on January 6, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Home in Springfield.
Dorothy was born in Springfield on October 6, 1912 and lived there her entire life. She was the daughter of Claude and May Kline Tilley, who died in 1952 and 1960 respectively. She married Robert Little Smith on September 20, 1946. He preceded her in death in 1984. A son, Robert Little Smith, Jr. preceded her in death in 1999. A sister, Nigel Blanche Edmonds also preceded her in death in 1980.
Dorothy worked at Kresge’s and Woolworth’s Dime Stores in downtown Springfield. She also worked in the drafting department of Allis Chalmers. She became a full time mother when her childen were born, involving herself in all their activites and being a homemaker. Dorothy enjoyed playing cards, bingo, word-search puzzles, bunko and being with her family. She was always amazed at how the world had changed so much in her lifetime.
After giving up housekeeping in 1999, Dorothy lived at Hickory Glen Retirement Home for almost 10 years. She then moved to St. Joseph’s Home in December 2008. Most at St. Joseph’s said she always had a smile for each of them and a Thank You. The entire loving and caring St. Joseph’s staff and residents became part of Dorothy’s family.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law; Marilyn and Wayne Montney, two grandchildren; Melinda Montney of New York City and Michael Montney of Springfield, one niece; Judith Cass of Carmichael, CA and one nephew; Lloyd Gray of Chatham.
Funeral services will be held at Staab Funeral Home with Father Dalby officiating on Monday, January 11, 2010 at 12 noon. Visitation will be held on Sunday evening, January 10, 2010 from 4-6 pm at Staab Funeral Home. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield, IL, 3306 S. 6th St. Rd., Springfield, IL 62703.
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