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Dorothy R. Smith

Dorothy R. Smith, 92, a long-time resident of Springville, passed away December 26, 2016 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin, Minn.


Dorothy was born in East Concord on Aug. 3, 1924 to the late William and Amelia (nee Meehl) Reed. She married Donald Smith on Sept. 15, 1951 at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springville. He passed away in 1998. After Donald’s death, Dorothy married Stanley Lazell Sr. on Jan. 2, 1999.

Dorothy was baptized at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church parsonage on Sept. 7, 1924 by the Rev. Kuehn. She grew up in East Concord and attended schools in East Concord and Springville. She was confirmed at Salem on March 21, 1937 by the Rev. John Neeb. She graduated from Springville-Griffith Institute in 1940 and worked at Cook-Watie, M&T Bank, Salem Ev. Lutheran Church, Bob Ellis Real Estate and Insurance and the Springville Village Office.

Dorothy was a member of Salem Ev. Lutheran Church where she had taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and served on various boards. She also volunteered for the Rural Transit in Springville as a dispatcher for many years. She moved to Aitkin, Minn. in 2015 to be closer to family.

In addition to her parents and husbands, Dorothy was preceded in death by a sister Amelia Wiese and a brother Kenneth Reed.

Dorothy is survived by two daughters, Tracie (the Rev. David) Becker of Aitkin, Minn. and Kimberlie Smith of Savannah, Ga.; two grandchildren Christopher Becker of Salt Lake City, Utah and Jamie (Peter) Stephenson of Athens, Ga. and a brother Harold Reed of South Charleston, W.V.

A funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 16, from Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. The Rev. Eric Goodwin will officiate and the Rev. David Becker will be preaching. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Springville.

Arrangements were made by the Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, 271 E. Main St., Springville. Online condolences may be made at


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