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DORIS MAE JEMMOTTE SMITH

SMITH, Doris Mae Jemmotte Departed this life on Monday, October 15, 2012. She was born on May 16, 1920 to her beloved parents, George and Clara (Barrow) Jemmotte. From that moment until her last breath, she was an adventurous, brilliant, and compassionate connoisseur of life. Born in Cambridge and raised in Roxbury, Massachusetts, Doris graduated from Memorial High School in the 1930s, and from Boston Teachers College in the 1940s. At 21, she left home for Washington, DC to work for the Pentagon during World War II. There she met her husband, the late Ernest Harold Smith of St. Louis, MO. Married in 1945, they shared a union that lasted nearly 50 years until Ernest's death in 1993. In her early years, worked as an administrator and student advisor for Harvard University's Department of Afro-American Studies under the leadership of Dr. Ewart Guinier. Devoted to family, she was a homemaker for several years, then at 52 she earned a Master's Degree in Education from Suffolk University, and later 2 classes towards a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Harvard's School of Education. After an impressive 20-year career in education, Doris retired as Head Guidance Counselor at Cambridge Ringe and Latin School. Doris is survived by her three daughters, Claire Powell, Lois Smith and Marilynne Quarcoo; four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a host of loving relatives. Services: Friday, October 19th, Wake: 9am; Funeral: 11am, St. Katherine Drexel Parish, 517 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester, MA. Burial to follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu flowers: United Negro College Fund or www.brainbank.mclean.org. Services arranged by Riley Funeral Home, DORCHESTER.

Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 17, 2012
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