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Dorothy Smith

June 25, 1916 — November 18, 2015

Dorothy Margaret Smith, 99, passed away on November 18, 2015 in Owasso, Oklahoma. Celebrating a Life Truly Lived. Those who will miss her include: Norma Bennett, sister and family Opal Smith, sister in-law and family Marjorie Harper, daughter Victoria Harper, granddaughter Bethany and family Patrick Children of Richard Harper, grandson Jonathan and family Sandra Cathleen Silvia, granddaughter Melissa and family David and family Joseph and family Zachary and family Linda Staggs, granddaughter Sarah and family Lauren and family Stephen Harper, grandson Adam Marguerite Grandma lived her dreams. She traveled through Europe on a guided tour not knowing anyone she was traveling with. Never completely conquering her fear of water, the most she could do was wade, and maybe float. She went wading in the Mediterranean Sea and in her late 70's she white water rafted the Colorado River. The year she turned 90 she still took advantage of the opportunity to hop on Harley's and ride. Coming to Missouri to visit she broke her ankle, healed and stayed in our four state region. But still the nomad moved many times and lived in several places, finally ending this life in Owasso, Oklahoma. Grandma was part of a five generation line for most of her later life. She leaves a family that is strong and independent. She gave us a love of literature and education. Each generation aspires to accomplish different levels of success and greatness. And because of her and her Mother Helen Margaret Smith we will continue to instill that independence and strength for generations to come. This is how immortality is achieved. In this she succeeded, her Legacy will live on, she was loved unconditionally. Grandma was born on a farm in Illinois. And as they story goes, they left Illinois and traveled in wagons to Mission South Dakota. She grew up on her parent's farm in rural South Dakota, close to the Rose Bud Indian Reservation. She married Dana Heckart who was lost while serving in the Coast Guard in 1943 leaving her with one child, Marjorie. Hitch hiking to California with her sister Norma and brother in law Keith, she enjoyed a life of adventure and independence at a time when women were expected to go back into the homes as wife and mothers. She earned an education in the medical field eventually earning the distinction of LVN in California. Marjorie married a Navy man and Grandma became their shadow, living in Hawaii, Oregon and back to California where she spent about fifty years. Grandma loved dancing traveling and the outdoors. She never met a tree she didn't like. She openly admitted her addiction as a move-aholic, rarely living in one place more than six month, occasionally a year. At one point living in Prescott, Arizona and taking pride in being able to wear her pistol on her hip. So yes, she was a pistol packin' Grandma. Grandma has traveled many places. Working on a Dude Ranch in Montana, wading in Salt Lake, dining and dancing with military officers on leave…. She loved to dance, and she backpacked mountains trails that were not meant for the inexperienced.

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