Dorothy J. Smith, 86, of Staunton, Ill., died on Thursday, July 20, 2023, at her residence. She was born Dec. 16, 1936, in Mortons Gap, Ky., the daughter of the late Delmas E. and Clara Grace (Cotton) Shanks. She married Carl V. "Buss" Smith on Oct. 9, 1953, in East St. Louis, and he preceded her in death on June 10, 2006.

Dorothy was a homemaker who loved being with her family and going camping. In her younger years, she loved to work alongside her husband Carl in the church helping in Children's Church or decorating the church for events or dinners. She enjoyed doing crafts and making flower arrangements.

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth (Dena) Smith of Sorento, David (Brenda) Smith of Staunton; two granddaughters, Rebecca Smith of Staunton, Cari (Lance) Banchi of Sorento; two grandsons, Michael (Hannah) Smith of Staunton, Cory (Tiffany) Smith of Sorento; two great-grandchildren, Cody and Delaney Smith; future great-grandson, Waylon Smith; one sister, Faye (Marvin) Rickey of Livingston; three nieces; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 24, at Williamson Funeral Home in Staunton with Rev. Jeff Martin officiating. Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery in Staunton.

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