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Doris J. Smith

May 8, 1930March 26, 2021
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Loving wife, devoted daughter, supportive mother, great sister, loyal friend, Doris Jean Smith died Thursday, March 25, 2021 at home. She was 90 years old.

Born on a farmhouse in South Plainfield, NJ this "Jersey Girl" graduated from Mt. St. Mary's Academy in Watchung, concentrating in business skills and adding Spanish as her third fluent language, in addition to Italian and English. With her proficiency in shorthand, master typist, and smooth professional manner, Doris rose quickly from steno pool to Executive Secretary for the General Manager at Steinbach's flagship store in Asbury Park, to her final career move as Executive Assistant to the CEO of Toms River Chemical. She met the love of her life, her husband Donald, in 1953 while he was stationed at nearby Fort Dix and they were married in 1954. Doris settled in Ocean County where she continued working while husband Donald completed engineering school, eventually retiring to motherhood and happy homemaker for over 70 years.

To avoid becoming a "golf widow" Doris took up the sport and enjoyed traveling the world with her favorite partner, her husband Donald. They’ve played courses from Pebble Beach to Pinehurst to Casa De Campo.

Known for her excellent cooking, Doris hosted Sunday dinners for the family for many years, serving heaping dishes of macaroni, meatballs and braciola. Her jalapeno cornbread was legendary.

Doris was a longtime communicant and member of the Visitation Parish, and the Rosary Altar Society.

Doris was predeceased by her loving husband (her "honey") of 60 years, Donald, as well as her parents, John and Mary Russo, brother Jack Russo, sister Maryann Wright and granddaughters Mary Elizabeth DeLuca and Alycia Marie Brune.

Surviving are two sons, Lee of Lakewood and Mark of Long Branch, and daughter Lisa DeLuca of Toms River; 8 grandchildren, Brian, Lauren, Erica, Teresa, Nolan, Joseph, Courtney and Catherine; 10 great grandchildren, Emily, Sarah, Matthew, Hannah, Michael, Caleb, Madison, Armani, Brielle and Adalia.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday April 10 at 9:30 AM at Church of the Visitation, Brick N.J. Entombment will follow at Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River.

Friends may call at D'Elia Funeral Home, 1300 Vermont Avenue, Lakewood on Friday, April 9 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. For more information and to post a tribute online, please visit www.deliafuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Doris name to Society of the Little Flower, 1313 N Frontage Rd, Darien, IL 60561.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

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Tom Terrel

April 15, 2021

Mark,
It is no wonder you are the man you are, you're Mom left a legacy behind that you & all your family exhibit every day. My life has been enriched having you for a dear friend, you have endured many trials & tribulations which have only strengthened your resolve to be a better person.
God Bless all of the Smith clan
Love you my Brother

Jo-Ann Colon Sposini

April 2, 2021

It was many years ago that I met this special woman. We liked to shop and take trips to the city. I’d sit in the kitchen watching her make sauce, she showed me how to put the onion in the cheesecloth, and then remove it, still do that t. Sending regrets and prayers to her children and the rest of the family. I live in Florida, but will be there in spirit.

Jennifer Smith

March 31, 2021

My condolences to Lee, Mark, Lisa, and the whole Smith family. I was blessed to call Doris my mother in law for so many years. She truly was the most caring, loving and generous person. I have so many beautiful memories from Sunday dinners, Sea-brook vacations, or just those adventures with Pop behind the wheel!! I’m so grateful my grandson Armani got to spend so much time with you.
Rest peacefully!! Xo

Martha Jones

March 30, 2021

My beautiful Aunt Doris, whom I have known 65 years of my life since she married my Uncle Donald when I was about 10 years old. She would come to Alabama and cook us big Italian meals and I felt like I had gone to heaven. She would bring me her hand me down clothes made by Elsa and they were so beautiful I felt like a model. Doris comforted me so much when my Mother (Shug Parker) died, and was there for me with arms of love. My cousins, Lee, Mark, and Lisa, there's a hole that can never be filled, only memories. Hugs with love and y'all were blessed having a wonderful Mother.

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