Cora L. Smith
1940 - 2021
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Cora L. Smith
Jan. 1, 1940 - May 25, 2021
Cora Lenora Smith was born Jan. 1, 1940, in Kilgore, Texas to Zelpher Fitch and Leonard Moss, who passed after her birth. Cora moved to Portland in the 1940's with her mother, stepfather, Sammie Fitch, and brother, Sammie Fitch, Jr. She attended Roosevelt High School, beauty school, and began modeling after high school.
She married Hilton E. Smith and had three daughters, Lori Smith, Tracy M. Smith, and Cobi Lewis, of Portland, Ore. Cora was a pioneer in the beauty industry, owned a hair salon, and founded a skincare and makeup line. She had a career in the fashion industry that included print and runway modeling. She was the grandmother of Michael and Marcus Dyer, Miles and Nina Jackson, and the great-grandmother of Mikaela and Tyson Dyer. She was preceded in death by her mother; stepfather; and brother.
She passed away peacefully surrounded by her daughters May 25, 2021. She will be eternally loved and never forgotten. Go to Terry Family Funeral Home for the full obituary and pictures.
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Published in The Oregonian from Jun. 4 to Jun. 6, 2021.
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June 10, 2021
Tracy~now I know where you got your beautiful smile! Though I didn’t know your mom, she sounds like a wonderful woman who accomplished so much in her life! I am so sorry for your loss. I hope all the fond memories of her will bring you some peace and comfort in the days and months ahead
In sympathy,
Caren (classmate at WWHS, Class of ‘80)
Caren Chvatal
June 7, 2021
I modeled with beautiful Cora for many years and always enjoyed her lovely ways. I admired her many talents and the way she managed her work and family so effortlessly. I will remember her and smile.
Jan Stuermer
Friend
June 7, 2021
When I saw her picture, I knew I recognized that face. I met Cora 40 years ago when I first started working as a CPA for the firm I had interned with in college. I was the first in my family to go to college. Our office was in the Terminal Sales Building on 12th & Morrison and Cora's salon was on the street level on 12th. My boss knew Cora and asked if she would help me with my hair and clothing to look more "professional", as I still looked and dressed like a college hippie of the 70's. Cora was so kind and helpful, she took me to Nordstrom and put together a professional wardrobe for me with $400 from my boss. I will never forget her. Now I'm retired after a long and successful career, and would like to thank her again for her help in getting me started in my professional career. She was a wonderful, kind and caring woman. My sincere condolences to her family.
Sally Lowery
Acquaintance
June 6, 2021
I met Cora at the First Presbyterian Church. She was always so friendly and kind and we had great conversations. I will really miss her. She was a lovely lady. My prayers go out to all of your family.
Pam Kotila
Acquaintance
June 6, 2021
I remember Cora with love.
Vernon V Chatman III
Acquaintance
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