Doris Smith was fond of roses


Doris Mabel Smith, 77, of Sturgis, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 7, 2012. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at the United Parish in Timber Lake, with Pastor Ken Hunt officiating. Burial followed at the Timber Lake Cemetery. A memorial has been established.
Doris was born Jan. 9, 1935 at Timber Lake to Edward O. and Mabel E. (Winterberg) Gunderson. She graduated from high school in 1953.
Doris married Harold “Pete” Helmey in 1955. They had two sons. They lived in several different places throughout the Western United States. Doris was a homemaker and raised her sons.
In 1976 Doris married T.D. Smith. They were together for 29 years and lived in California and Texas. They both had a love for music and worked together to fulfill his dream to be a country singer.  Doris worked as a hotel desk manager until her retirement in 1999.
Doris loved working in her yard and was particularly fond of roses. She had many different varieties and colors. She loved to read and her favorite series were Harlequin Romances. Her other passion and hobby was crocheting.
In 2007 Doris moved back to South Dakota to be closer to her family.
Survivors include her mother, Mabel Gunderson of Timber Lake; sons, Chet (Linda) Helmey of Buffalo and Kevin (Kim) Helmey of Reedley, Calif.; stepson, Joe Smith of Fresno, Calif.; stepdaughter, Lita Wade of Whitharrol, Texas; brothers, Melvin (Cookie) Gunderson of Timber Lake, Melford (Gloria) Gunderson of Black Hawk, Martin Gunderson of Pierre, Layne (Karla) Gunderson of Mandan, N.D., Tim Gunderson of Pierre, Terry Gunderson of Sturgis; sisters, Beatrice (Ernest) Wilson, Gloria (Jack) Guffey, Carol (Marvin) Sasse of Rapid City, Sylvia Moret of Hartley, Iowa, and Jayne (Clyde) Pfeifle of Timber Lake; brother-in-law, Jerry Helmey of Eldorado Hills, Calif.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her two husbands, father, two brothers, and one stepson.
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