Dorothy Mai Smith

June 28, 1935 ~ September 23, 2018 (age 83)

Dorothy Mai Smith, lovingly called Dot Mai, born on June 28, 1935 to Will (deceased) and Savannah Chaney (deceased) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Rutherford County).  Dorothy was the 4th child of seven siblings; George Chaney (Frances), Jim Chaney (deceased) Willie Chaney (deceased) Gladys Smith (deceased) Emma Brown (deceased) Frank Chaney and Carrie (Charles deceased) Cannon (deceased). She is survived by brothers George Chaney of Rutherford County, Tennessee and Frank Chaney, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On April 28, 1953 Dorothy Mai and the late Henry Watson Smith (USAF RET) united in holy matrimony at West Palm Beach AFB, Fl. Eight children were born to this union.  Dorothy is survived by her eight daughters and sons Pamela Smith of Fair Oaks, Sheila Hodges (Roy USMC Vet) of Sacramento, Angela Smith of Sacramento, Henry Smith (Anna) of Elk Grove, Kenneth Smith of Irvine (Ilona), Carol Smith (Gilbert USAF Vet) of Galt, Keith Smith (Maria) of West Sacramento and Dorothea Haugen (Steve USAF Vet) of Sacramento.

She is survived by twenty-two grandchildren: Terence (Lindsay) Rice of Costa Mesa, Ca, Robert (Tone) Rice, Fulshear, Tx, Ebony Rice, San Diego, Ca, Ingrid Rice, Fair Oaks, Ca.  Kristina (Jesse) Bettencourt, Sacramento, Arron Cooper, Sacramento, Jason Cooper, Sacramento. Kevin (Patricia) Lindsey, Sacramento, Michael Lindsey, Shirie Lindsey (deceased) San Diego. Melony Smith, Sacramento, Jonathon Smith, San Diego, Christopher Smith, Sacramento, Michelle  Smith, Los Angeles. Chantee (Lt Col Todd, USAF) Guinney, Galt, Douglas (Holly) Smith, Elk Grove. Sgt. Angela Smith, (US Army), South Carolina, Tawanda Smith, Sacramento PF2 Ikeyla Smith (US Army) Korea.  Jacklyn Smith, Atlanta, Sgt. Keith Smith, Jr. (USAF) Utah, Brooke Smith, Sacramento.  Stephen Conrad, Vacaville, Stacie Conrad, Sacramento, Shawn Haugen, Sacramento

She is also survived by twenty-six great grandchildren:  Jamil Duke & Amir Duke San Diego
Christopher, Eric & Lucas Rice, Fulshear, Tx, Alexander Rice, Fair Oaks, Sloan & Baron Rice of Costa Mesa, Ca.  Tierra & Chelsea Belveal, Sacramento, Arron Jr, & Marcus Cooper, Sacramento, Alexis Cooper, Sacramento. Dajia, Devin (USAF) & Destiney Lindsey, Sacramento, Maya Nadler-Lindsey Sacramento. Ava Smith, San Diego,  Lamel Terry, III, Sacramento, Andre Warner, Galt, Gabriella Guinney, Galt, Watson Smith, Elk Grove. Nova Whitfield, Atlanta. Jasmine Broom, Josiah, Jeremiah & Justin Boutte, Sacramento, Layla Haugen, Sacramento.

Although she did not have a chance to meet her soon-to-be great, great grandson Baby Belveal, she is smiling down on him.  She is also survived by a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.


Dorothy attended Holloway High in Murfreesboro.  For the most part, Dorothy was a homemaker.  Along with her husband, she always instilled hard work and education in her children.  She worked outside her home for several years after her children were older.  During her husband’s 1967-68 tour in Viet Nam, she worked at The Chromolox Corporation in Murfreesboro.  After her youngest children were up and out of the house she worked as a private duty home health nurse in Vacaville. 

Dorothy came to the Lord at an early age, uniting with her family Church Trinity Baptist.  Like Jesus Himself she preferred to render her service outside the walls of brick and mortar.  She always put others ahead of herself, often times to her own calamity.

Dorothy had some profound favorite sayings, loved crochet and cooking greens, cornbread and mac and chees.  She was an avid political buff, (Ms. CNN) loved fancy cars (Escalades DTS’ Lincolns). Passionate in her duties as a child of the King, wife, mother, grandmother; Dorothy would not go a day without her CNN.  In her younger years she and her husband, Henry loved to make ceramics together, she would trim and clean and he would paint and fire. They made beautiful ceramic pieces together.  Most of all she loved helping other in need.  Dorothy will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.  

Dorothy Mai Chaney Smith, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and soon to be great, great grandmother.  Affectionately, known as Grampsie (coined by her first grandson, Terence) departed this life Sunday, September 24, 2018 at 9:00pm after battling with cancer.  In her final four months she received a myriad of visitors, phone calls, well wishes and gifts from countless friends and family.  During her illness she was lovingly cared for at home by her daughters and the family seemed more united than ever before.  She will be sorely missed by all.

Dorothy will be interned with her late husband, Henry Watson Smith (USAF Ret) at the San Joaquin National Military Cemetery, Gustine, Ca.  

                              Dorothy Mai Smith, a virtuous woman ---Proverbs 31
                              Dorothy Mai Smith, fought a good fight-- 2 Tim 4:7-8
                              Dorothy Mai Smith, now absent from the body but present with the Lord,
                              hence forth forever more. 2 Cor 5:8  

                                                        Rest on Grampsie, we love you!

Each member of the Smith Family wishes to sincerely thank everyone for their prayers, calls, visits, gifts care and love during this difficult time of loss.

Thank you and may God continue to richly bless and keep you always.


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