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DOROTHY JEAN SMITH


1928 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
DOROTHY JEAN SMITH Obituary
DOROTHY JEAN SMITH Dorothy Jean Smith, loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend passed away on June 25, 2018 in Reno, Nevada, where she had lived for the past five years. Jean was born on June 14, 1928 in Grafton, North Dakota, moving shortly thereafter to Los Angeles, California with her adoptive mother, Marion Gray. Jean grew up in LA among a loving family of many aunts, uncles and cousins. She attended Inglewood High School, participating in theatre and speech and debate, and attended UCLA. In 1948, she married Donald McKay, and they had two children, Candy and Alan. In 1959, the family moved to Boulder City, Nevada where they raised the kids, spending many hours boating and waterskiing on Lake Mead. In Boulder City, Jean was known as a "cool mom," who welcomed everyone into their home, and was loved by her kids and their friends. From the early 1960's until her retirement, Jean worked for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as an EEO specialist, making several lifelong friends with whom she remained in contact. In 1970, Jean married the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Smith and they enjoyed over 30 happy years together until Bob's death in 2002. Their house and pool in Boulder City were magnets for friends and grandkids. Jean and Bob were active members of Eastern Star, where Jean was the Worthy Matron of the Grand Chapter of the Nevada Order in 1986. They loved to host parties (their St. Patrick's Day celebration was famous), cook, make pickles and jams, travel and play in poker tournaments. Jean and Bob moved to Florence, Oregon in 1994 to be near Candy and escape the southern Nevada heat. There they made a new circle of good friends, hosted memorable parties, traveled up and down the coast and volunteered at the Florence Museum. Jean was an avid reader, enjoying books by Stephen King and John Grisham, historical novels and political nonfiction. She was a lifelong Democrat - especially loyal to Presidents Clinton and Obama - and was dismayed by current political events. Jean loved to sing and knew all the words for every song from the 1940s and 1950s. She loved to decorate for Christmas, made beautiful cross-stitch Christmas scenes that are cherished by her family and baked delicious Christmas cookies. Jean was predeceased by her husband Bob and daughter Candy. She is survived by her son Alan and his family, Kathy and Zachary McKay, all of Reno; son-in-law Paul Webster, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. We miss you Mom and Grammy Jean and will always cherish you. No memorial service is planned. Jean's ashes will be scattered on her beloved Siuslaw River in Florence, Oregon this fall.
Published in Boulder City Review on Aug. 2, 2018
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