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Doris Barger Smith (1930-2008)
Doris Barger Smith (1930-2008)

Doris Barger Smith, 77, of Cottage Grove Place, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 22, 2008, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Memorial Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, January 24, at Christ Episcopal Church. The Rev. Barbara Schlachter will officiate. Inurnment: Christ Episcopal Church Columbarium. Cedar Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A memorial luncheon will be held at noon Thursday, January 24, at Cottage Grove Place.

Born May 6, 1930 in Strawberry Point, Doris was the only child of Arlie and Velma (Oldfather) Barger. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1947 and was married in Strawberry Point to Billy J. Smith on August 8, 1948. She worked in the Parks Department in Cedar Rapids prior to her marriage.

Surviving in addition to her husband Billy are two sons, Randall R. Smith (Kathy) of Cedar Rapids and Russell R. Smith (Cathy) of Whitesboro, Texas; a daughter, Maureen Anne Gossard (Craig) of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren Trisha DePreter (Chip) of Chicago, Erin Holstrom (Jon) of Des Moines, Elisabeth Parsons (Brad), Raquel Phieller (Scott) of Cedar Rapids and Riley Smith of Hollywood, Calif.; and great-grandchildren Nathan Holstrom and Kaitie and Olivia Parsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

During her lifetime Doris was a loving, caring mother, housewife and home decorator. Decorating their homes in eight states plus other private properties and those of friends gave her a chance to hone her skills. Living in so many communities also gave her a host of lifelong friends who will miss her deeply.

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Doris loved and followed college basketball and football. She enjoyed golf, bowling, skiing, horses, cards, boating, travel, restaurants, and entertaining family and friends.

Her family wishes to acknowledge the entire staff at Cottage Grove Place and the personnel from St. Luke's Hospice for the comfort and help which she received during her final days.

Instead of flowers, memorials may be made in Doris' memory to St. Luke's Hospice, 1026 A Ave. N.E., P.O. Box 3026, Cedar Rapids or to The Cottage Grove Foundation at 2115 First Ave. S.E., Cedar Rapids.

Please leave a message, tribute or memory on our online guest book at www.cedarmemorial.com.

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