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Bryan County, Oklahoma

Highland Park Cemetery
Durant, Oklahoma

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Doris Grace Anderson Smith

October 5, 1929 ~ November 3, 2015

© Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home

Submitted by: T.D.

Doris Anderson Smith died peacefully on November 3rd, 2015 at the age of 86 in Plano, Texas

She is survived by daughters Mignon Caudle and Husband Jim, Alison Lane and husband Scott, all of Plano, Texas.

Doris was born on October 5th, 1929 to Eula Beck and Clarence Anderson in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma. She and her brother Duane were reared by their Aunt and Uncle, Clint and Elizabeth “Auntie” Lewis. She attended school in Clayton, Oklahoma until the age of fourteen when she moved to Muskogee to attend Boarding School at Bacone. She completed high school and junior college at Bacone and later received her degree in music education from Northeastern Oklahoma State University. While a student at Bacone, Doris traveled extensively throughout the United States singing with a Trio from Bacone and received numerous awards. She won the Miss Muskogee Pageant and advanced to the Miss Oklahoma Pageant in 1948 where she finished First Runner-up and won the Talent Competition.

Doris came home from Bacone College for Christmas break in 1948 and met the love of her life, M.G. Smith who had just returned home from WWII and was the new basketball coach at Clayton High School. They were married a year later on December 21st, 1949. Doris and M.G. were married until his death 62 years later.

Doris taught music and elementary education for many years. She was an accomplished vocalist and sang for weddings, funerals and in her church choir. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Durant, the Fortnightly Club and PEO.

Doris enjoyed traveling the world with her Dear Friends, Shirley Weder, Sally Clark, Doris Andrews and Lois Crow. She loved cooking, socializing, going to movies and the Opera.

Her smile would light up the room and she had a larger than life personality. She was preceded in death by her Parents, her husband M.G. and her brother Duane Anderson.

Family Hour will be at the Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home in Durant on Thursday, November 5th from 6 to 7 pm and Services will be at the First Baptist Church in Durant on Friday, November 6th at 10 am. Interment will follow at the Highland Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Dennis Simmons, Richard Waite, Jack Lawai, Duane Meridith, Randy Downs, Scott Andrews and Rocky Powers honorary pallbearers will be John Weder, Billy Mickle, Carroll Staton, Joe Barker, Gene Robbins, J.C. Curtis, Pat Phelps and John Massey.

Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com.

Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.

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