Smith, Doris Wilma (Dunn)

August 21, 1933 - July 23, 2018

Doris Wilma Dunn Smith was born on August 21, 1933 in Greensboro, North Carolina and went to be with the Lord on July 23, 2018 at the age of 84.

Doris and her twin brother David (predeceased) were adopted at the age of two months old by Mr. and Mrs. David Harry Dunn of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Doris grew up under the Christian guidance of her adoptive parents in Charlotte.  After graduating from Berryhill High School in 1951, Doris attended Flora MacDonald College, in Red Springs, North Carolina, graduating in 1955 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science.  Doris began her teaching career at St. Pauls High School in St. Pauls, North Carolina where she taught Science.  In 1956, she was awarded a DuPont Fellowship to begin her studies for a Master’s Degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC).  Her pursuit for a Master’s Degree was temporarily delayed by her marriage to Ralph Smith (predeceased) in 1957.  In rapid succession they had three children, Glenn, Harriet and Marc.

With Ralph’s employment closing down in Charlotte, Ralph was offered a position in Long Beach, California which he and Doris decided to take.  They moved their family to Anaheim, California in 1965.

Doris continued her teaching career in the Anaheim Union High School District teaching Mathematics at the junior high school level.  While teaching junior high students, Doris attended the University of California at Irvine, graduating in 1973 with two Master’s Degrees, in Mathematics and Biological Science.  She furthered her education in 1980 when she graduated from the University of Beverly Hills with a Doctoral Degree in Education.  Doris retired from teaching in 1995 after teaching for over 30 years.

Doris was passionate about many things, namely poetry, writing, singing, UNC Basketball, and serving the Lord.  She was active and involved in the life of the churches she attended.  Throughout her life, Doris served as a deaconess, choir member, and church secretary just to name a few.  While attending Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Doris served in many different capacities.  Doris even wrote her own lyrics to the tune of “Eternal Father Strong to Save” which is framed and hangs in the Narthex of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.  While at Redeemer, Doris built many strong friendships which helped her especially during the last several years of her life.  For this, our family is eternally grateful!

Doris will be remembered for her friendships, sense of humor, her God-given talents, and her love for the Lord.

Doris is survived by her three children, Glenn, Harriet (Steven), and Marc (Emma).  She is also survived by her six grandchildren Zachary Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Krista Kruckeberg (Aaron), Cari Gomez (Brian), Nathan Smith, and Alicia Smith.  She is also survived by her three great grandchildren, Adelah Maree, and Macey and Zoey Kruckeberg.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church located at 7820 Silverado Trail, McKinney, Texas 75070.  She will be laid to rest with her husband at Dallas Ft-Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

4 replies on “Smith, Doris Wilma (Dunn)”

Holly Johnson says:

Dear Family of Doris,
I was blessed to have known Doris. She was a kind
Woman. She and Ralph were a great example of faithfulness. Take comfort that she lived a robust life!
Love in Christ,
Holly Johnson

Cooper Knox Vuncannon says:

When Doris’ phone gave me the message “not in service” I was concerned. I am sorry to hear of her home going–the family will miss her. Doris (David, too) and I went to school together. I also went to Flora Macdonald just for the secretarial program. She lived a very active and fulfilling life. I will miss her calls and Christmas cards (poems). Again, my sympathy to the family.

Kennedy Kiosiky says:

Dear Family of Doris,
I was blessed to have known Doris. She was a kind
Love in Christ,

Claudia Sandigo says:

4/26/2020 I just found this obituary on the passing of Mrs. Smith. I was her student at LB
Poly ~ 1988. We bonded over our mutual experience with adoption. She was a fantastic teacher and mentor. I periodically reached out to her to keep in touch and I am saddened to see she has passed since I last reached out to her. My deepest condolences to her family. Please know that I am one “kid” she made a huge impact upon. All the best. Claudia.

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