Dorothy Smothers of Perry


A Memorial Service for Dorothy Smothers, 85, of Perry will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 at Murdock Funeral Home.

Rev. Jason Moore will officiate. Special music will be performed by Jason and Ann Moore. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, with the family receiving friends from 5–7 p.m. prior to the service.

Dorothy passed away Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at the Perry Lutheran Home.

Dorothy Louise Swigart was born March 3, 1930, the daughter of William H. and Ruth (Hohn) Swigart in Jefferson City, Mo.

Dorothy graduated in 1947 from Mount Moriah High School in Missouri.

She married Wendall Yates, and they moved to Jefferson, Iowa. Later she married Rusty Smothers and has made her home in Perry for more than 50 years.

Dorothy worked for Perry State Bank, now known as Raccoon Valley Bank, as a trust officer for many years before her retirement.

Dorothy is survived by her sons, Bill (Lisa) Yates of Athens, Ga., Tracy (Debbie) Yates of Marietta, Ga.; daughter, Vicki (Chad) Bittinger of Manassas, Va.; step-son, Dennis (Judith) Smothers of Indianapolis, In.; step-daughter, Sandra (Jim) Colbert of La Crescent, Minn.; sisters, Joan Barton of Liberty, Mo. and Debbie (Jerry) Moore of Chillicothe, Mo.; 14 grandchildren: Robyn, Cole, Kellie, Kyle, Jamie, Sandra, Justin, Jacob, Levi, Riley, Stella, Devlyn, Noah and Oliver; several great-grandchildren; and special friend George McCarty of Perry.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, one son, one grandson and three brothers.

A memorial has been established in her name and may be left at Murdock Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at


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