Born in Brownwood on June 14,1933, Doris married her high school sweetheart Franklin Dawson Smith of Brownwood on Aug. 5, 1951.

She was preceded in death by her husband, as well as her youngest son, Denver Darrell Smith aka Buc. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Edgar D Gilbert and Bertha May Gilbert; as well as her only brother, Billy D. Gilbert, all from Brownwood.

She is survived by three children, Carolyn D. Ellison (Ted) of Brackettville, Franklin D. Smith of Harrah, Oklahoma and Cindy L. Burton (James) of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; her grandchildren, Julie Creel (Ricky) of Brackettville, Frank Smith (Lydia) of Choctaw, Oklahoma, Brandi Elliot (Tony) of Harrah, Oklahoma, Casey Vernon (Tim) of Alabama, Ellisa Hudson (Perry) of Choctaw, Oklahoma, Vanessa Cahill (Tom) of Newalla, Oklahoma, Jered Smith of Saginaw and Jeremy Ellison of Brackettville; plus 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Doris passed peacefully Thursday, May 10 2018 from this world to her eternal home surrounded by her daughters, a son-in-law and a great grandson.

Though she was raised in Brownwood the last two years she has lived in Oklahoma with her daughter, Cindy.  Doris has lived in many communities of Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Louisiana throughout her adult life raising her children beside her husband as they traveled to new homes when her husband’s employment transferred them.  

Doris was an avid crocheter and seamstress and in later life has spent countless hours crocheting caps for the elderly or those suffering from cancer.

She also always enjoyed the company of her favorite pet, her dogs!

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday May 19, 2018 at Greenleaf Cemetery with grandson, Jeremy Ellison officiating. A visitation/viewing will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday before the service at the gravesite.

Pallbearers are her grandsons, Frank Smith and Jered Smith; great-grandsons, Zach Smith and Kristopher Creel; and grandsons-in-law, Ricky Creel and Perry Hudson.

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