Doris Louise Smith

June 10, 1925April 14, 2018
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Doris Louise Smith, 92, of Ridgely, Maryland, formerly of Annapolis, MD entered into eternal peace on Saturday April 14, 2018. During her time on the Eastern Shore, Doris and her family also lived in Kent Island, MD.

Doris was born on June 10, 1925, in Annapolis, MD she was the daughter of the late Ralph R. and Sophie A. M. Johnson, of Annapolis, MD.

After graduating from Annapolis High School in 1943, Doris went to work for the switchboard at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD during World War II. In 1947 she married Lee F. Smith, Sr. (deceased) from Marquette, Michigan. Lee was serving at the time in the U.S. Navy. After her marriage to Lee, Doris took a position as an Acquisitions Librarian at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, from which she retired in the late 1980’s.

Along the way the Lord blessed Doris and Lee with four children. Cheryl A. Fowler (spouse – Tom), Lee F. Smith, Jr., Lynn M. d’Orlando (deceased) and Roy W. Smith (spouse – Sara). She was also blessed by nine grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Doris enjoyed family, road trips, reading, English history, especially information on the Royal family.

Visitation services will be held on Friday April 20, 2018, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., with memorial services to be held on Saturday April 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Both the visitation and service will be held at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Glouchester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.

Interment will be held in a private family ceremony the following week at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Annapolis, MD.

In lieu of flowers the family sincerely requests that donations be made in Doris’s name to:

National Kidney Foundation and/or the American Heart Association


  • Lee Smith, Husband
  • Cheryl A. Fowler, Daughter
  • Lee F. Smith Jr., Son
  • Lynn M. d'Orlando, Daughter
  • Roy W. Smith, Son
  • Tom Fowler, Son-in-law
  • Sara Smith, Daughter-in-law
  • She was also blessed by nine grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.


  • Visitation Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 21, 2018

Doris Louise Smith

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Pamela Dylina

April 21, 2018

I'm very sorry for your loss. It was a privilege to meet your mom. She was a neat lady and fun to visit with. I wish I could made it over to see her one more time...the movie tribute was nice. Thank you for sharing...

Irene Stone

April 18, 2018

These are wonderful pictures - many I have never seen. Thank you all for posting them.
I have fond memories of countless Sundays spent at Grandma and Grandpa's home on Kent Island, and many a delicious dinner cooked by Doris. Try as I might, I was never able to duplicate her lasagna, her pork roast, or her meat loaf.
She'll be greatly missed by all of us.

Ann Loetz

April 16, 2018


Doris - 1946


Doris and her sister Helen around 1926


"Tell me a story Great Grandma"

Great Granddaughter Beth hearing a story about the family
Beth is the daughter of Christopher W. Smith (grandson) and Christopher is the son of Roy W. Smith, Doris's son


Lee and Doris


Lee and Doris


Family portrait from the late 1980's
Back row: daughter - Lynn; son - Roy; Lori Smith; Brian Fowler - grandson (son of Cheryl and Tom); Donald Loetz - Ann's husband; Ann Loetz (Fowler) - granddaughter (daughter of Cherly and Tom); Tom Fowler - Son-in-law - husband of Cheryl; Cheryl Fowler - daughter

Front Row:
Michelle Conneely (d'Orlando) - granddaughter; Doris Smith with Gretchen Smith - granddaughter (daughter of Lee Jr.) on her lap; Lee Smith, Sr. (husband) with Jacob Brach - great grandson (son of Michelle) on lap; Candace Miller with Catherine McGowan (Smith) - granddaughter (daughter of Lee Jr.) on lap


Roy Smith (son) with Candace Miller, Lee Smith Sr. (husband), Doris Smith, Lee Smith, Jr. (son), Lynn d'Orlando (daughter), Cheryl Fowler (daughter)


Doris Louise Smith was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Doris was born on June 10, 1925 at Annapolis General Hospital in Annapolis, Maryland. Her parents were Ralph R. Johnson and Sophie A.M. Johnson who came to Maryland from West Virgina. Doris was raised in Annapolis, Maryland. She was brought up to be self-confident, frugal and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Growing up in the Smith household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Doris was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared. Doris was raised with one sister, Helen. Doris was constantly involved in activities with her sister. Doris and her sister may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Doris was always consistently loyal to her family.

      As a young child, Doris was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. She wasn’t pushy and never forced her way into games or other activities. Doris developed a variety of interests, though, and the things she enjoyed doing she did well. She was always curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Doris took part in softball. She was a Girl Scout. In her spare time she liked to read and work in her Daddy's garden (mostly picking the plants). She loved playing with their pet chicken Mr. Featherpants. However, what Doris enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with her many friends.

      While her teachers and even her friends generally thought of Doris as being a serious person, she managed to have a pretty good time in high school as she made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from Annapolis High School in 1943. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite classes in high school were English and History. Doris was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using her exceptional memory, she was able to learn much through observation. Doris always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though she could easily master any problem that might be presented to her.

       Compassionate and devoted to family, Doris held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to Lee and using her gifts of managing finances in a frugal manner, she worked hard to make her new family happy.

      Doris brought the same traditional values in her marriage to bear on how she raised her children. She was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before she acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Doris was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Doris was blessed with four children, two sons, Lee Jr. and Roy, and two daughters, Cheryl and Lynn. They were also blessed with nine grandchildren, Brian, Ann, Catherine, Gretchen, Caroline, Michelle, Patty, Christopher, and Darcy.

      Doris greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Doris enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Doris was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Early on Doris worked as a Switchboard Operator at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. She often told the story of running the switchboard the night that Japan surrendered during the war and what it was like to have to properly route the calls on a seven line switchboard. Her primary occupation was as an Acquisitions Librarian. She was employed for 25 plus years with the United States Department of the Navy. Doris worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Doris liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into her hobbies, where she was very methodical in how she organized her activities and categorized things. Since she enjoyed her private time, Doris always tried to allocate a specific time for working on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were family, reading, road trips and anything about the Royal Family. Doris was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Doris found pleasure in watching the U.S.Olympics, specifically the Ice Skating events. Doris also like to listen to music from the eras she grew up in. She once got to meet Eddie Arnold, one of her favorite singers and practically swooned.

      Doris enjoyed traveling. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything. She enjoyed researching all of her examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where she traveled, Doris always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included trips to Glacier National Park in Montana and she loved her trips to Berkley Springs, West Virginia.

      Doris was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Doris’s favorites was their pet chicken. She also loved playing with their cat whom she dressed up. In her adult life Doris adored the family peek-a-poo, Ching.

      When Doris’s retirement finally arrived in in the late 1980's, she was well prepared. She always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things she knew, so she was very confident in planning her retirement. She had begun the process early and had her retirement all laid out well in advance. Even in retirement, Doris continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making new acquaintances.

      Doris Louise Smith passed away on April 14, 2018 in Caroline County Maryland. She was also blessed by four children along the way, nine grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren as follows:

Cheryl Fowler (daughter) - married to Tom Fowler
Their children: Ann L. Loetz (granddaughter)- married to Donald Loetz
Ann and Donald's Children (great granchildren): Morgan Patrick Loetz, Evan Gregory Loetz
Brian Fowler (grandson)
His children (great grandchildren): Eric Thomas Fowler and great-great grandson Eric Thomas Fowler, Jr.
Sara Nichole Fowler and great-great grandson Brantlee Wyatt.

Lee F. Smith Jr. (son) -
His children: Catherine Eugenie McGowan (granddaughter) - married to Kyle McGowan and their son Patrick (great grandson)
Gretchen Heller Smith (granddaughter)
Caroline Louise Smith (granddaughter)

Roy W. Smith - married to Sara A. Smith
Their children - Christopher W. Smith (grandson) who has daughter Elizabeth (Beth) Marie Smith (great granddaughter)
and Darcy E. Elburn (granddaughter)

Her daughter Lynn went ahead to Heaven to wait for her some years ago.
Lynn left behind two daughters:

Michelle d'Orlando Conneely (granddaughter)- married to Tommy Connelly
Their children: Jacob E. Brach who has daughter Kaedyn (great-great grandchild)
and Lauren C. Brach-Schultz who has daughter Olivia (great-great grandchild)
Aaron C. Grogan (deceased) (great grandchild)
Matthew B. Grogan (great grandchild)
Patricia d'Orlando (granddaughter)
Her children: Seneca D. Eldredge V (great grandchild), Zachary M. Eldredge (great grandchild), Nathan d'Orlando (great grandchild), Kourtnie M. d'Orlando-Scharch (great grandchild)

Services were held at John M.Taylor Funeral Home in Annapolis, Maryland. Doris was laid to rest in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Annapolis, Maryland.