Dorothy V. Smith Lewis


Malad…Dorothy V. Smith Lewis, 96, passed away November 19, 2012 at Power County Nursing Home from natural causes. Dorothy was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on January 21, 1916 to William Young Smith and Margaret Frances King Smith. Her dad died in 1918 from influenza and Margaret married Jack A. Jones when Dorothy was 6 years old. Jack welcomed her as his own and she loved him as her father, “Daddy”.

Dorothy’s family moved to Pocatello when she was in the first grade. Dorothy graduated in 1934 from Pocatello High School. She worked as an usherette at the Chief Theatre where she met J. Marlo Lewis, a football player at the Southern Branch (University of Idaho), where both were students.

Marlo and Dorothy were married October 15, 1939 in Pocatello, Idaho. Upon Marlo’s deployment into the Army during World War II, Dorothy stayed in Pocatello where she worked at Newberry’s. After Marlo was discharged from the Army, they lived in Pocatello where both were employed. In 1946, they moved to Malad, where Marlo engaged in farming and ranching with Dorothy’s help.

In 1968, she graduated from Idaho State College in education and became a teacher at Malad Elementary School, where she had been substituting since 1958. Dorothy was a lifetime member of Acacia/Ruth Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. She was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Malad. Dorothy enjoyed Malad becoming a 4-H leader, a member of several card playing groups, snowmobiling, traveling and was an accomplished seamstress.

Dorothy and Marlo enjoyed following the athletic adventures of their four grandchildren, rarely missing a game.

Dorothy spent the last three years as a resident at Power County Nursing Home in American Falls where she enjoyed every activity they had planned. A special thanks goes out to all those involved in her care, you are special.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Marilyn Dee Koompin and Roxanne (Bill) Knickrehm. She has four grandchildren, Dane (Anjie), Morgan (Lauren), Courtney, and Clint (Paige) and three great-grandsons, Cash, Boone and Lane. She also has one step-sister, Christine, in Arkansas.

Graveside services will be held at the Malad City Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 24 under the direction of Horsley’s Funeral Home, Pastor Susan Westland presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Malad Presbyterian Church or
the Power County Nursing Home in American Falls. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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