Dorene C. Smith, 77, North Manchester, died at 8:01 a.m. on April 10 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice home, Fort Wayne. She was born Nov. 21, 1936 in North Manchester to the late Roy and Pauline (Eby) Stucker.
Dorene graduated from Central High School, North Manchester. She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed attending fall festivals, crocheting, cooking, gardening, spending time with her family and her dogs, Bo-Jo and Sissy. Dorene married Brian Smith on Dec. 22, 1976; he survives. She retired from Invensys Controls in 1999 after working there for 20 years. She was also employed at Timbercrest Senior Living Community from 2000 to 2011. Dorene attended the Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester.
She is also survived by two sons, Marvin (Chris Stuart) Gheen, and Mike (Vanessa Johnson) Gheen, both of North Manchester; one stepson, Derek Smith, Lake Charles, La.; one daughter, Peggy (Ralph) Bradley, North Manchester; one step daughter, Darcey (Dean) Yoder, Goshen; three sisters, Nadean (Tim) Sherer, South Whitley, Charlene Walters, North Manchester and Lova (Art Griffiths) Ward, North Manchester; six grandchild, Christy (Chad) McKinney, Michael Bradley, Matthew Bradley, Brandt Gheen, Katelyn Stuart and Cody Stuart; four step grandchildren, Shelby Yoder, Addison Smith, Ashlynn Yoder and Nikayla Smith; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 18 at 2:30 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester, with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.