Dorothy “Dottie” Louise Smith, 71, passed after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s on Sunday, October 15, 2017 in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Dottie was born on December 3, 1945, in Paris, Texas to the late James Harley and Lucille Willis Sanders, and was raised in Ardmore, Oklahoma. She attended Central State University where she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She earned a teaching degree in 1968 and a Master of Education in 1973.
She married her sweetheart, Stephen Smith, on 16 March 1968. As a proud Army wife, Dottie followed Steve around the world for 31 years. She shared her love of learning through teaching in various schools in Oklahoma, Maryland, North Carolina, Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) in Germany and culminating her career at Great Bridge High School. She was a long-time member of Great Bridge Baptist Church.
Dottie was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Her fondest memories were vacations spent surrounded by her family and longtime family friends, the Mannings, in beautiful Heiligenblut, Austria.
Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 49 years, Stephen F. Smith; children, Stephen F. Smith, Jr. (Laura) of Sandy, UT; Whitney S. Smith of Meridian, ID; Kelly A. Smith of Atlanta, GA; and Craig P. Smith (Tara) of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren, Madeline, McCoy, Nicholas, Sutton, Sophie and Luke; and a host of other family and friends.
The family will receive friends on October 27, 2017 from 1 pm until 2 pm with a memorial service to follow at 2 pm at the Altmeyer Funeral Home Chesapeake Chapel, 929 Battlefield Boulevard South, Chesapeake, Virginia with Pastor William Langford officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to all her kind and compassionate caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care and to the nurses of Westminster-Canterbury Hospice for their outstanding support. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.TMCFunding.com. Condolences to the family can be expressed at www.altmeyerfh.com.
Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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