Dorothy Nan Duncan ("Dottie") Smith
1944 - 2015
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Dorothy ("Dottie") Nan Duncan Smith

Dottie Smith passed away at home on February 11, 2015 in Seattle, Washington after a valiant fight with cancer. She was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1944 to Glenn and Dorothy Duncan. She graduated from Hillsboro High School and studied Spanish at the University of New Mexico. While at UNM she met and married Burton Smith and moved with him to Boston, Massachusetts so he could complete a doctorate in computer engineering. While in Boston, she worked in the admissions office at MIT and gave birth to her daughter Katherine. After moving to Denver in 1972, Dottie was very active with the local elementary schools, the League of Women Voters, bookkeeping, making rugs, teaching Chinese cooking, and giving birth to her second daughter, Julia. When the family moved to Potomac, Maryland, she earned her Master of Library Science degree at the University of Maryland. Shortly after the family moved to Seattle in 1989, she began her dream career at the University of Washington Libraries which included positions with the Engineering Library, a library business venture at UW called Research Express, and a position as a Digital Reference Librarian based in the Suzzallo Library. Her other passion was singing and traveling with the University Congregational UCC Choir. She had so many varied interests which motivated those around her. After spending time with Dottie, one could find themselves interested in retirement planning, linguistics, travel, genealogy, opera, medieval hymns, Hawaiian music, growing your own veggies, rare English teddy bears, cheering for the Mariners, and restoring old homes. More importantly, she instilled in her family the importance of not just staying in touch with friends and family, but continuing to have great adventures with your loved ones. Her generosity, sense of humor, positive attitude and intellect inspired others throughout her life.

Dottie is survived by her husband Burton, daughters Katherine Thom (Ray) and Julia Smith, and grandchild Erin Thom. She is also survived by her sisters Katherine Stephens and Peggy Mathes and brother-in-law and sister-in-law David and Nancy Smith.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 22, 2015.
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October 29, 2018
Those who pass on God Keeps in his memory because he cares for them. Sorry for your loss.
March 30, 2018
It is clear that Mrs Dorothy Smith loved her family and friends and she will be greatly missed all who knew and loved her just as equally. Matt 6:9,10 the lord pray about his kingdom how his will be done on earth as in the heaven. His kingdom under Christ Jesus will do away with sickness and death. I'm so sorry for the lost of your family member.
Roita Bell
December 16, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Marsha Daley
November 23, 2017
You are not alone during this time of sorrow and pain. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss. As you remember your beloved one, the God of peace give you comfort and peace in every way. May you find Strength from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
November 14, 2017
My sincerest condolences for you and your family. It is never easy during these difficult times but i hope you find the most comfort. Psalms 29:11
November 11, 2017
May you find comfort in knowing that the God of tender mercies is there for you during this time or remembering your loved one.
Please know that God cares for you 1 Peter 5:6,7
June 9, 2015
I worked with Dottie at Research Express as a library school student in 1998. I remember how much she loved her work, her family, and how she exuded high energy in such a cramped windowless office. I saw the notice of her passing in the UW Alumni magazine. Dottie definitely lived her life to the fullest despite it being cut short.
Samantha Everett
March 9, 2015
I will remember the many many wonderful meals shared with Dottie and Burton from our "pregnancy" lunches on the steps of the Great Court at MIT, dinners in Chinatown, many Thanksgivings also shared with the Tripps, visits and dinners in Denver, Winchester, Austin, Breckenridge, Seattle. The list of our visits back and forth goes on and on, for more than 45 years. Dottie loved to cook and it was always a challenge to keep up with her. We enjoyed sharing mystery authors, craftsman furniture and rug-making. I remember driving to pick up materials for our Rya rugs and stopping by the side of the road to appreciate the FULL solar eclipse. I will miss all the lengthy telephone conversations, but there was always so much to catch up on. Rest in peace, Dottie.
Karen Schwitters
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