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Beams Funeral Home

200 W Toledo St Box 5, Fremont, IN

OBITUARY

Dorris J. Smith

April 28, 1926July 10, 2019
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Dorris Jeanne Sickels Smith, age 93, of Angola, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at her home.

Dorris was born April 28, 1926 at the Mallory Estate, Jamestown Township, Steuben County, Indiana to Claude M. and E. Irene (Spade) Sickels. Her early years were in Bronson, Michigan, where she attended the Bronson Public School and the Baptist Church.

After her mother’s death in 1933, she and her brothers; Durwood and Richard, made their home with their maternal grandparents in Jamestown Township. There, she attended the one room Collins School, which in later years, she helped restore. She was a member of the 1944 graduating class of Fremont High School. Dorris married DeBurl Smith and in 1947 they located on the Smith Family Farm in Clear Lake Township where she helped with the farm work. Dorris was an active member of the Clear Lake Home Economics Club, serving as Secretary and Lesson Leader, Social Director and Secretary of Women’s Auxillary, State of Indiana, Soil and Water Conservation Association.

Dorris and her husband were sponsors of Steuben County Rural Youth, members of the Alpha Farmer’s Club, Steuben County Soil and Water Association, Steuben County Amateur Radio Club and several Square Dance Clubs in the Tri-State area. They were also inspectors for KOA campgrounds, Canada, United States and Mexico.

Dorris was a member of the Pokagon Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Fremont Historical Society. She was employed as a mail clerk at the Ray, Indiana Post Office, and retired from Moore Business Forms (R.R. Donnally) after twenty nine years of service. She also had Smith’s Wedding Cake Service for a time.

After retirements, Dorris and DeBurl were winter Texans, residing in Mission. While there, they were volunteers for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Back home for the summer, Dorris devoted her time to genealogy, writing Smith-Teeters, Elias Sickels, John Caywood, John Spade, Sibernagle-Silvernail, The Vistula Trail and the Clear Lake Burying Ground Cemetery books and researching for others. Copies of her books are in the Allen County, Indiana Library.

She has been described as an elegant lady, loved her family, always there for them, a kind heart and ready to help anyone in need, asking nothing in return.

Surviving are a daughter, Dianne (Gene) Diehl of Fremont, Indiana, grandchildren, Deborah (Chris) Roach, Laura (Andy) Leese, of Angola, great-grandchildren; Chris Higbee of Millington,Tennessee, Jennifer Higbee of Waterloo, Indiana, Austin Hall of Fremont, Matthew Hall, and Elayna Hasty of Angola, a half-sister, Patricia Hanna of Bryan, Ohio, nephews, Fred (Janice) Sickels, Gene (Marianne) Sickels, both of Bronson, Michigan, Don (Tammy) Sickels of Fremont, Jeff and Rod Sickels of Coldwater, Michigan, and niece Irene (Jim) Bueschele, of Holland, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband of seventy years, DeBurl Smith, a son, Dale LaVon (Del) Smith, her parents; Claude and Irene Sickels, brothers; Durwood and Richard Sickels, sisters-in-law, Evelyn (Michael) Sickels, Ila Marie (Clearwater) Sickels, a half-sister, Donna Sickels First (Hall).

Funeral Services will be held at 2 pm Monday, July 15, 2019 at Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Indiana, with Rev. Jon Bruney officiating.

Calling hours will be held from 12:00 pm until 2 pm Monday prior to the services.

Burial will be at Jamestown Cemetery, Fremont, Indiana.

Memorial donations in her memory are requested to Girls against Bullying, C/O Elayna Hasty, 906 Pristine Avenue, Angola, Indiana, 46703.

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  • Visitation Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 15, 2019

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Deborah Peel

July 18, 2019

Dorris was a very sweet and kind lady. I always admired her beauty and sense of style. My deepest condolences to her family.

Tammy Walker

July 14, 2019

At this difficult time in your life, we pray that God will grant you the peace that you need to get through this. Sincere condolences, Jim and Tammy Walker

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