A resident of the Dundas Manor Nursing Home in Winchester for the past three years, Dora Smith (nee Baker) passed away peacefully there on Sat., May 15, 2010. She was 85.
Dora was born in Williamsburg Township on July 18, 1924 to her parents, Arthur and Lottie Baker (nee Barclay). She was raised on the family farm along with her brother Lyle, and attended school at Winchester Springs and Winchester High School before going on to Teacher’s College in Ottawa. She returned to teach at Maple Ridge, the little red school, before moving, then to Chesterville where she spent 20 plus years.
On July 9, 1947 she married Edward Smith at Williamsburg United Church, and together they had five children; Larry, Brian, Marilyn, Cathy, and Heather. They moved to Forward Road on the family farm where they farmed for several years before Ed and Dora opened up Smith’s Farm Equipment, which is still maintained by Larry and Brian. Dora and Ed spent many years being able to travel with friends and family, seeing places that they had only dreamed of seeing. Dora continued to travel after Ed’s passing, this time with her family.
Dora is survived by her children, Larry (Karen) of Chesterville, Brian (Eleanor) of Chesterville, Marilyn (Albert) Carr of Chesterville, Cathy (Bryan) Fetterly of Russell, Heather Smith-Mitchell of Russell, and by her brother, Lyle (Doris) Baker of RR #1 Williamsburg, as well as12 grandchildren – six of each, and eight great-grandchildren – four of each. She is also survived by nieces and nephews in the Chesterville area and in western Ontario.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville on Mon., May 17. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tues., May 18, with Rev. Wendy Wright-MacKenzie officiating, followed by interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were grandsons David and Michael Smith, Dustin and Dylan Fetterly, and Adam and Jacob Carr.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or Winchester United Church would be appreciated by the family.