Dorothy Annette Smith

Dorothy Annette Smith, 73, the daughter of Frank Hartley and Dorothy (Knowlton) Smith, was born Nov. 16, 1939, in Springfield, Mo. She passed away April 10, 2013, in Houston, Mo.

Annette grew up in Stockton, Mo., and attended Stockton schools, graduating in 1957. She was the middle child, three years younger than her brother Hank and three-and-a-half years older than her sister, Susan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Dorothy.

She is survived by her brother, Hank, and wife, Mary Smith, of Stockton, Mo.; her sister, Susie, of Stockton, Mo.; a nephew, James Smith, of Sikeston, Mo.; a niece, Suzanne Davis, of Lee Summit, Mo.; and other family members and friends.

Annette attended Drury College in Springfield, graduating in 1961 with a degree in Home Economics. She later attended MSU in 1965 to become certified as a Vocational Home Economics Teacher (now Family and Consumer Sciences). In 1967, she began teaching Vocational Home Economics in Houston, Mo. She retired in the spring of 1995 after teaching 28 years.

She was a member of many educational organizations, serving on the executive board of the Missouri Home Economics Teachers Association for many years and on numerous committees and as committee chairs for the National Association of Vocational Home Economics Teachers. She was chosen to be in the Houston Schools Hall of Fame in 1999. She wrote, “It was quite an honor to be chosen by my peers.” She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an invitation only group, and PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization). Annette and her Mom Dorothy helped to start Chapter LD of PEO in Stockton in the 70’s. They were both charter members.

Annette loved to travel. During her college years she went to Europe with a Drury school sponsored class. She loved it, coming home with a wish that she “had been a better history student!!” In addition to this trip, she traveled to many of the United States and went on cruises to Alaska, Norway, and the Caribbean, up the Saint Lawrence Seaway and down the New England coast during the fall foliage season. She, Susie and friend Rita spent a week in Branson for the past several years, going to shows and shopping.

She had many hobbies, including doing counted cross-stitch, needlepoint, quilting, knitting and most of all reading.

Annette began attending the Stockton Presbyterian Church (then called Hugh F. Ross Presbyterian Church) when she was young. She was baptized and joined the church during a revival in 1954. She moved to Houston, Mo., and attended the Methodist Church while there. After returning to Stockton, she went back to her home church, serving as an elder since 2004.

Annette touched the lives of many young people she had taught and knew. She helped many in their struggles and was an unseen helping hand to many others. However her greatest gift of giving was to her sister, Susie. When her Mom died in 2002, Annette began to take care of Susie. She was a loving and devoted sister to her.

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

A Celebration of her Life was 11 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at Houston United Methodist Church with Pastor Beth Duckworth officiating. A graveside inurnment followed at 4 p.m. at the Stockton City Cemetery with Pastor John Tranbarger officiating. Cremation and services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.


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