Dorothy Smith


A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring for 98-year old Dorothy Smith of North Platte, NE, who grew up in Chadron, NE.

Cremation was chosen and has take place.

Memorials are suggested to the Lincoln County Historical Museum in North Platte. 

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Dorothy Smith was born April 4, 1927, to Edward and Josephine Hopkins in Chadron  passed away Dec. 26, 2023 at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, NE.

Dorothy grew up in Chadron and graduated from Chadron High School. She then held several different jobs with her favorite being a bookkeeper at a Chadron car dealership.

On Aug. 17, 1947, Dorothy married Gene Smith in Chadron. They made their home on a farm in the Deadhorse Community where they raised their five children: Alan, Carol, David, Ruth, and Daniel.

 In 1970 the family left the farm and moved to Bridgeport, then to North Platte six years later for Gene’s job. Dorothy worked at Herberger’s Department Store until retiring.

Dorothy was a member of Diamond K Kiwanis Club, the Extension Club, and was a faithful member of the Water Lilies swimming group at the North Platte Rec Center for many years. She also spent many hours volunteering at the Lincoln County Historical Museum.

Dorothy loved family get-togethers and playing games with family and friends. She could always find the good in anyone and something positive in every situation.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gene and her parents Edward and Josephine Hopkins.

Dorothy is survived by her children: Alan (Joan) Smith of Kingwood, TX; Carol (Jerry) Young of Columbia, Mo; David (Jan) Smith of McCook; Ruth (Kevin) Uhrich of North Platte; and Daniel (Mary Ann) Smith of Fulshear, TX; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Odean Colonial Chapel in North Platte is in charge of arrangements for Dorothy Smith.