The graveside service is open to the public. Those who attend will be asked to practice social distancing.
Dorothy Jean (Garrett) Smith was born to Mark and Elizabeth (Mickelson) Garrett on October 5, 1948 in Adel, Iowa. The family moved to a farm in Diagonal, Iowa when she was an infant.
She loved growing up on the farm and was usually one step behind her Dad. She especially enjoyed the work horses, baby calves, and watching her Dad milk the cows. The farm cats would all line up and wait for milk and Mark and her could never resist squirting some milk into their mouths. She and her friend would ride the work horses while her Dad was at work until he took her to the sale one evening and bought her a spotted pony of her own. Dorothy slept in the barn that night with her new pony. From that day on the two of them were seldom apart.
Dorothy married Jerry (Jock) Smith on July 24, 1966 but later divorced in 1989. Jock and Dorothy had two children Laura (Smith) Helm of West Des Moines and Jason Smith of Diagonal. Their family later grew with the addition of Mike Helm and Nicole (Johnson) Smith and three grandsons Garrett and Connor Helm and Brier Mark Smith.
Over her years, Dorothy worked as a waitress at the café in Diagonal, for the local doctor’s office, and at the Creston library. Dorothy later started an embroidery business called Willow Creek Designs. Many of her best friends are those that she met over the years at craft shows through her business. Her favorite job, however, was being a homemaker and mom.
Her favorite times were when she was with her family and she especially loved her grandsons. She loved fishing with Garrett (and boy did they have some fishing stories), playing card games and watching movies with Connor, and just being with her youngest, Brier, who she referred to as her little man and always made her smile.
Later in life Dorothy fell in love with dogs, especially smaller lap dogs. She preferred dachshunds and she tried to always rescue them to give them a second chance at life. Dorothy always had a dog by her side and even enjoyed seeing her dog, Copper, by video while in the hospital.
Dorothy also had a special closeness with many of Jason’s friends as they were growing up and she maintained those friendships over the years. She chose them to be her casket bearers and they include Jeremy and Steven Grace, Clint Whittington, Pat Shiflett, Clint Werner, and Jason Stamps all of the Diagonal area. She was also close to Garrett’s friends who referred to her as Grandma. These boys, Charlie Ebensberger and Garrett Davis, both of West Des Moines, along with her three grandsons and Mike Sobotka will serve as honorary casket bearers.
Dorothy passed away peacefully on May 1, 2020 at the Iowa Methodist Hospital with her family by her side. Dorothy was preceded in death by her Dad and Mom (Mark and Elizabeth Garrett); sisters Ruby (Garrett) Comer and Martha Garrett (in infancy); and many aunts and uncles.
Survivors include her children Mike and Laura Helm and Jason and Nicole Smith; grandsons Garrett and Connor Helm and Brier Mark Smith; brothers Art and Ernie Garrett; many nieces and nephews; and too many loving cousins to mention.
Memorials are to be left in her name to be decided.
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