Dorothy Dayton (Howard) Smith

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Dorothy Dayton (Howard) Smith

Jan. 26, 1912

July 1, 2014

Dorothy Dayton Howard Smith was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on January 26, 1912 to Ralph E. Howard and Marion (Jordan) Howard. She was raised in Bridgewater, Mass. and graduated from Bridgewater High School and furthered her education by attending Butler Hospital School of Nursing in Providence, R.I. and the Yale School of Nursing in New Haven, Connecticut.

While visiting family members in Northern California she met, and later married, her beloved husband of 76 years, Harry (Bud) Smith. Harry was a native Nevadan and he and Dorothy made their home in Sparks for 79 years.

Dorothy retired from employment for the State of Nevada in 1974, having worked at the University of Nevada, the Welfare Department, Highway Patrol and at the time of her retirement was Executive Secretary to the Administrator of the Nevada Mental Health Institute.

Dorothy was quite active in many organizations including the Reno Business and Professional Women, Mother Advisor to Sparks Assembly Rainbow Girls, Master of the Grand Cross of Color, Past Matron and 60+ year member of Martha Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Worthy High Priestess of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Member of the Ammon-Ra Temple, Daughters of the Nile, 20+ year President of the Nile Band, Kerak Honored Lady, Member of the Retired State of Nevada Employees and a Member of the Sparks Heritage Society.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Marion; brother, Wallace Howard; and by her husband Harry (Bud). She is survived by her nephew, Frank Howard of Tulsa, OK; four children, Judy (Jim) Meadors of Vancouver, WA, Richard (Kathie) of Reno, NV, Robert of Sacramento, CA, and Steve (Ruth) of Rochester, WA; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held by the Daughters of the Nile and Martha Chapter O.E.S. at Mt. View Cemetery Masonic Chapel on Friday, July 11. 2014 at 1:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Ammon-Ra Temple #56, Daughters of the Nile general fund or the Shrine Hospital for Children of Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817.

Mother…Your 102 year old body may have abandoned you, but your mind never did.

Arrangements under the direction of Walton Funeral Home, Reno.


Funeral Home
Walton's Sierra Chapel, Reno
875 West 2nd Street Reno, NV 89505
Funeral Home Details
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from July 9 to July 10, 2014