Dorma Lee Smith Morgan

Dorma Lee Smith Morgan, known as “Tinker” to family and friends, was born on Oct. 21, 1929, to Lester and Martha Stewart Smith in Hartshorn, Mo. She died in her home on Oct. 22, 2010, at the age of 81 years.

Dorma was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Morgan on Dec. 21, 1946. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage and made many sweet memories together.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Kathleen Blakeman.

Dorma is survived by her husband, Bob of the home; her four children, Darlene Pinc and husband, John, of Kirkwood, Mo., Robert “Rusty” Morgan and wife, Pat, of West Chester, Ohio, Carol Fletcher and husband, Larry, of Newburg, Mo., and Terry Morgan and wife, Elisa, of Fair Grove, Mo.; five grandchildren, Janelle Fletcher of St. Louis, Mo., Laina Hendricks and husband, Jeff, of Lebanon, Mo., Rena Humphrey and husband, Jason, of Plato, Mo., Dr. Will Pinc, Ph.D. and wife, Vicki, of Tuscon, Ariz., and Bailee Morgan of Fair Grove, Mo.; and one great-grandson, Mason Hendricks, of Lebanon, Mo., to whom she was known as “Granny Tinker.” She is also survived by five sisters and two brothers, Wilma Cryder, Virginia White, Maudie Yarbrough and husband Jack, Jimmy Smith and wife Diane, Frankie Smith and wife Beth, Judy Smith and husband Clifford and Shirley Catlett, all of the state of Oklahoma. She leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and numerous friends to mourn her passing.

As a young child, Dorma’s family lived in Lewis Hollow on the Current River in Shannon County. Her family then moved to Osage County in Oklahoma and eventually settled in the town of Skiatook. It was there that the family of nine children, ranging in age 3 months to 17 years, lost their mother to an automobile accident. Dorma and her older sister, Wilma, took on the task of keeping the family together. Unwilling to drop out of school and forgo getting her high school diploma, Dorma came up with the idea to attend school on alternate days with her sister, Wilma. This plan allowed them both to complete their education and keep their family intact.

Dorma graduated from Skiatook High School in 1946. She then attended Draughon’s Business College in Tulsa and completed a secretarial course. On Dec. 21, 1946, she married Robert “Bob” Morgan, also of Skiatook, and they began their life together in Kansas City, Mo. After residing in Kansas City for a year, they sought out new opportunities in the Fort Leonard Wood area and have resided in the area for the past 60 years.

Dorma accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior in 1952 and was a faithful member of the Roby Christian Church. She served as the Sunday School secretary for many years and provided assistance in many ways for various church functions. Dorma was a big supporter of the community and school. She was a 50-year member of the local American Legion Auxiliary and participated in the organizations’ activities and projects. She served as a local correspondent for several of the surrounding community newspapers. She was recognized by the Missouri School of Journalism for community reporting. She also served as an election judge for many years in the Palace precinct. Dorma was the proprietor for the Palace General Store until 1977, at which time she and Bob moved to Turnball Hollow and spent the last 30 years enjoying life together on their beloved T-Bar Ranch. In her retirement she expanded her extensive list of family and friends she corresponded with, using her typewriter without any consideration of ever using a computer. Sending and receiving cards and letters were a great source of joy to her.

Dorma was proud of her children and their successes, but her delight was in her five grandchildren, Janelle, Laina, Rena, Will and Bailee. She enjoyed being with them and taking the opportunity to be a part of their accomplishments, past, present and future. Dorma was looking to doing the same with her great grandson, Mason, and future great-grandchildren.

Dorma’s devotion to her extended family was displayed in her hospitality and through the many trips to Oklahoma to attend graduations, weddings, funerals and family get-togethers.

Dorma and Bob devoted a lot of time researching and compiling information for their family trees. Her knowledge of family connections was extensive and invaluable. Her unique ability to remember names dates and places also extended into her community family as a reliable resource for information.

Dorma’s life was centered on her faith, being a humble and loyal servant to her Lord and Savior; her family, being a devoted and loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother; and to her community, being supportive, generous and a hard worker. Dorma’s kind, gentle spirit and practical nature will be missed by all she touched in her life.

Services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, at Roby Christian Church with Eugene Earp officiating. Pallbearers were Bob Biram, Benny Haney, Don Hansford, Andy Justice, Landon Justice and Logan Justice. There will also be services at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Sien-Shelton Funeral Home in Skiatook, Okla., with burial to follow in Ramona Cemetery, Ramona, Okla.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Roby Christian Church or Texas County Hospice of Care. Online condolences may be sent to

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