Doris P. Smith
West Lebanon, N.H. — Doris P. Smith, 92, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H.
Born July 10, 1920, in Hanover, N.H., Dorie was the daughter of the late LeRoy and Irene (Field) Porter. She grew up in Hanover and graduated from Hanover High School; she attended Connecticut College for Women and Chandler School in Boston, Mass. On Oct. 25, 1941, Dorie married Kenneth Smith and followed him, as she could, to his different assignments in the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge, they returned to the Upper Valley and became longtime residents of Lebanon and Hanover. Throughout her marriage, she also participated in the family business at Smith Auto Sales whenever needed.
Dorie was most recently a member of the West Lebanon Congregational Church. She was a member of the Lebanon Women’s Club and was very proud of being a charter member of the local P.E.O. She was also known as an avid and competitive golfer in the Upper Valley as well as a very skilled water color artist, in which she took great delight.
She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth, sister Janice Cornell, and brother Courtney Porter.
Dorie is survived by her two sons, Malcolm “Mac” G. Smith and his wife, Susan, of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Douglas F. Smith, of Laconia, N.H.; grandchildren, Korina Storey, Danielle Messick and Alison Smith; great-grandchildren, Jack, Isabella and Emily; sister, Patricia Porter Barkhuff of Sarasota, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank and recognize the staff of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital and particularly the Palliative Care Group for their efforts and caring.
There will be no calling hours. The Rev. Heidi Hoskin will offer a memorial service on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at 4 p.m. in the West Lebanon Congregational Church. Coincidentally, she also ministered at Dorie’s father’s passing in 1982. Burial will be private in the Pine Knoll Cemetery in Hanover at the convenience of the family. Messages of sympathy for the family can be left at www.rickerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Carter Community Building, P.O. Box 386, Lebanon, N.H. 03766.