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Doris C. Smith, 85, Potsdam

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POTSDAM — Funeral services for 85 year old Mrs. Doris C. Smith of Potsdam will be held Friday, August 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM at the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam with Rev. James Barnes, Pastor of the Potsdam United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in the Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam. Friends may call at the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam on Thursday, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Doris died at the St. Regis Nursing Home in Massena, where she had been a resident since March 2012. If friends desire, memorials may be made in her memory to the Potsdam Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 700, Potsdam, NY, or to the Potsdam Humane Society, 17 Madrid Ave., Potsdam, NY 13676.

Doris is survived by a sister Dorothy Caskinette, a step-daughter Suzanne Sharlow, three step-sons Paul, Steven and Andrew Smith, several nieces and nephews, and her extended family - Carl, Evelyn and Murray Seymour, and Glenn and Donna Seymour.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Raymond, three step-daughters Barbara Pearl, Lynda Meashaw and Karen Hassler.

Doris was born in Parishville, NY, on June 19, 1927, the daughter of William E. and Florence Ramsay Cole. She attended Parishville District Schools and later received her high school Diploma. For several years, she was employed at Potsdam Hospital in the Housekeeping Dept. Doris also did housekeeping for several Potsdam families along with child and senior care.

She was married to Raymond B. Smith on June 27, 1970, in Potsdam. Raymond died May 4, 1999. Doris always supported Raymond’s volunteer work and dedicated service as a Charter Member and former Chief in and for the Potsdam Rescue Squad. The couple enjoyed camping trips, their various pets, and their home and family. Doris was a member of the Potsdam United Methodist Church.

It is with great appreciation that a thank you goes out to the current members and former officers of the Potsdam Police Department for the years of compassionate concern they have shown in checking on Doris as she resided in her own home alone. This sort of care never gets public notice, but is only one example of what quiet service is given daily by our department to the community.

Arrangements are with the Seymour Funeral Home in Potsdam.

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