Delight "Dee" Courtwright-Smoot
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Courtwright-Smoot, Delight "Dee"
of Phoenix, AZ passed away on July 5, 2016. Dee was raised and schooled in San Francisco, studying journalism & advertising at Polytechnic, SF City College, Golden Gate College, UC Extension and NBC School of Broadcasting. At 25, Dee married a career Air Force officer and for the next several years their assignments took them to Washington, Northern California, Wisconsin, Indiana, Morocco, Spain and Germany. During those years, Dee hosted a thrice-weekly radio show for the Armed Forces Network, edited cooking club news pages for the Overseas Weekly newspaper in Germany and had several articles published in Air Force publications including one about refueling President Eisenhower's plane, the Columbine. Dee moved to Phoenix in 1966 and joined Bozell & Jacobs Advertising as a copywriter and later, PR executive. She later joined Phoenix magazine as business writer and editor of the weekly business newsletter, "What's New in Arizona?" Dee returned to SF in 1984 and joined a chain of newspapers serving the Peninsula as assistant to the publisher and co-editor of Bay Nites, a weekly entertainment supplement. She later moved to Easter Seals and earned for them their first national award for the San Mateo chapter newsletter. In 1990, Dee returned to Phoenix and joined The Salvation Army as PR Director for the Southwest Division. Throughout her years in Phoenix, Dee was a member of the Advertsing Club where she served on the Man & Woman of the Year committee and edited its newsletter for a total of 10 years, for which she received a lifetime membership. In 1982, Dee co-founded Bosom Buddies-AZ, an all-volunteer support group for women with breast cancer and in 2002, was awarded the coveted statewide Hon Kachina for her 25 years of service to the community. Other awards include being named "Volunteer of the Year" 2003 by the Komen Breast Cancer group of Arizona and being named "Advertising Person of the Year 2003" by AD2 Phoenix. In 1998, Dee was among the first to win a "Heart & Soul" community service award from Macy's, was among the honorees in the 1994 Impact for Enterprising Women recognition program and, in 2002 was honored by Bosom Buddies-AZ with a perpetual award acknowleging their Volunteer of the Year. In 1997, Dee was chosen by The National Breast Cancer Coalition to attend the first World Conference on Breast Cancer in Belgium and for the subsequent five years, served as a Consumer Advocate on panels convened by the Dept. of Defense to award monetary grants to promising scientific researchers of breast cancer treatments and causes. Always striving to make a difference, Dee has willed her body to science and when her ashes are returned, she's asked to have them scattered to the winds. Surviving Dee are her daughter D. Elizabeth Cloud of Phoenix, son Dan (Marcia) Petz of Prescott, AZ; granddaughter Christie (Eph) Balow and great grandsons Josh, Sammy and Dale of Skull Valley, AZ; grandsons Eric (Lissa Walker) Metheny of Studio City, CA; D.J. Petz, Jr. of Colorado and Aaron (Naima) Petz and great granddaughters Amelie, Indi and Lucienne of Phoenix. Also Dee's extended family, her "chosen" son Kevin (Sue) O'Shaughnessy and his family of Phoenix. There will be a celebration of her life in a few weeks. In lieu of flowers, please send any contributions to Bosom Buddies-AZ, Inc. 11024 N. 28th Dr. Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85029. 602-265-2776 To share memories please visit the on-line Guest Book at

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jul. 10 to Jul. 13, 2016.
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July 16, 2017
I am so sorry to learn of Dee's passing... I was inspired by her - she was a delight! I met her when she moved to Chris Ridge and I was in sales there. We had many good conversations. Condolences to her family.
Elaine Day
February 28, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
D. Psalms 90:9,10 Andrews
August 28, 2016
Dee's Celebration of Life will be Fri, Oct 7th, 1:00pm, The Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale
July 23, 2016
Barbara DuCharme
July 22, 2016
It has been more than 20 years since Dee inspired me to go on the Salvation Army Advisory Board where I remain active and inspired.

Thanks, Dee
Roger Marce
July 20, 2016
Let kindness spread like sunshine and embrace those who are sad that she has passed.
Wanda Vonderhaar
July 20, 2016
Dee lived her life with a grand purpose, she cared for others and made a huge difference in many lives.
Delight will truly be missed by all that knew her, let her kindness spread like sunshine and embrace those that are saddened by her passing. Buddie Wanda
July 20, 2016
Dee lived her life with a grand purpose, she cared for others and made a huge difference in many lives . Delight will be truly be missed by all those who had the pleasure to knew her. Let her kindness spread like sunshine and embr
July 20, 2016
The Vonderhaar family
July 19, 2016
Because of breast cancer, I met a wonderful woman who made me smile and feel good about myself. I have so many positive and up lifting memories about this special person during my time with Bosom Buddies. It was an honor and a privilege to know her.

July 18, 2016
We will always remember Dee. She left a great influence on us and all those she met.
She was a wonderful, intelligent, and courageous lady. Bosom Buddies and the people she touched were fortunate to have had such an amazing guide in their lives.

Barbara & Lou Goldstein
July 12, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. Our dear loved ones are never forgotten. May the family find comfort in sweet memories of Delight and this promise. Jer 29:11,12 -Tria
July 11, 2016
"You were always a straight shooter, Dee as well a long-time survivor. Love by all. Rest in Peace"
Mary Morrison
Mary Morrison
July 11, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help the Courtwright-Smoot family during this time of sorrow. Isa.41:13
July 11, 2016
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
D. Romans 12:12 Andrews
July 11, 2016
Dee was tireless in giving to her community. Condolences to her family and friends in this great loss.
Janet Traylor
July 10, 2016
Dee was a generous woman who led a full and meaningful life. Over the years, we shared many experiences. Dee was the kind of woman who made a difference in the lives of many.
Paula Cullison
July 10, 2016
What a wonderful, beautiful lady. We will mss you Delight.
Jim & Joan Fraser
July 10, 2016
Dee was a remarkable woman who touched many lives. Condolences to her family and friends.
Lois Boubong
July 10, 2016
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
D. Psalm 62:8 Andrews
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