Dolores Ailene (nee Smoake) Lutz

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Beloved Piano Teacher 1945-2018
Dolores Ailene (nee Smoake) Lutz our brown eyed beauty, peacefully passed away at her home Wednesday September 5, 2018, after a five year battle with COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
Mrs. Lutz was a loving wife and best friend of John Basil Lutz her devoted caregiver, sister of James Alvin (Jian) Smoake, beloved stepmother of Angela (Jim) Muller, Alecia (David) Pittinsky and Tony (Carmen) Lutz, cherished grandmother of Parker (Brisa) Palmer, Esq., Shae Muller, and Alexandra Pittinsky, great grand-mommy to Sarel, Sharón, and Asháh DeAngulo Palmer, loving aunt to her nieces and nephews Elizabeth, Abbie, Karen, Connie, Julie, Mellisa, Andrea and David.
Mrs. Lutz was preceded in death by her parents Reverend James Alfred Smoake and Margaret Louise Wood Smoake, and her brother Norman A. Smoake.
A gifted piano teacher, organist, and violinist, Dolores earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Jacksonville State University. She was considered a legend at Union United Methodist Church where she played for many years. Her natural beauty won her the title of Gem of the Hill and she was in many homecoming courts. She was a member of Delta Omicron international music sorority and accompanist for the A Capella Choir at JSU. She won first place in the University of Alabama Concerto contest and was drum major for Jacksonville High school for three years.
She had an incomparable style that drew compliments wherever she went. Dolores always kept a spotless home, the envy of any homemaker. Their home was filled with music from her many students young and old. Always one kitty cat, pizza night, and Tennessee football.
No doubt she lived a structured, disciplined and organized life but to those who knew her well there was no sweeter sound than that of her infectious laughter. She had a way of flashing that perfect brilliant smile that would melt your heart and make you not mind going over picking up the speck of dirt you tracked in on her white carpet. A keen eye always.
Her strong moral compass and faith were and inspiration to all that knew her.
Although we have lost the presence of Dolores we will never lose the memories of her love of music and her devotion to family and friends.
In lieu of flowers go sign up for a piano or violin lesson anywhere. She will be listening for your recital from heaven.
Funeral service for Mrs. Dolores Smoake Lutz, 72 of Jacksonville, will be held precisely at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Union United Methodist Church, 249 Union Church Road, Wellington, Ala., 36279. The Reverend Harry Skaggs will officiate, and burial will follow in the adjoining Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.klbrownfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Anniston Star on Sept. 9, 2018