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Doris Elaine Smith

July 3, 1931 May 15, 2021
Doris Elaine Smith
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Obituary for Doris Elaine Smith
Doris Elaine Smith, 89, of Winnebago, died Saturday, May 15, 2021, at Amberwood Care Centre in Rockford. She was born July 3, 1931 at her grandparents, Stephen and Mary (Bakey) Moore home in Durand, IL. She is the daughter of William Henry and Mable Belle (Moore) Moate. Doris grew up on a farm near Durand originally purchased in the early 1850’s by her great-grandfather Samuel Moate from and old Indian named Shooting Star who lived in a dugout with a small barn along the creek on the Moate farm.

In England Samuel Moate was a silversmith who embellished horse harnesses for royalty with silver. When Samuel and wife Isabella Moate immigrated to the United States in 1843 they brought along seven “sea boxes” of this silver and bought farms first in New York, Pennsylvania, Winnebago near Westfield road then finally settling in Harrison Township in Durand.

Doris attended Dobson School on Moate road and graduated from Durand High School in 1949. She married Donald James Smith on July 25, 1951 at the Durand Methodist Church. Doris and Donald farmed 39 years on their farm located at Osborne and Edwardsville roads where she lived 66 years until being hospitalized three weeks ago. Doris worked in finishing for Amerock in Rockford for 42 years.

Growing up Doris attended Bethel Church on Moate road near Durand which was moved to Midway Village in Rockford. She was a member of Middle Creek Presbyterian Church near Winnebago for 66 years.

Doris is survived by her son, William (Loretta) Smith of Winnebago; daughter Julie Smith of Winnebago; grandsons, Donald (Nicole) Smith of Pingree Grove, Jacob (Laura) Anderson of Sandwich; great-grandchildren, Austin Smith of Winnebago, Donny, Miakoda and Benny Smith of Pingree Grove; sister-in-law, Beverly Hayenga of Winnebago; several nephews and nieces.

Doris is predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Donald Smith; grandson, James “Zack” Smith; brother, Lloyd Moate.

A walk through visitation will be 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago. Private interment at Middle Creek Cemetery near Winnebago. In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established for Middle Creek Presbyterian Church. For an online obituary and tributes go to
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2:00 PM 5/22/2021 2:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 5/22/2021 5:00:00 PM
Genandt Funeral Home

602 N. Elida St.
Winnebago, IL 61088

Private interment at Middle Creek Cemetery near Winnebago.

Genandt Funeral Home
602 N. Elida St. Winnebago 61088 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Middle Creek Cemetery Final Resting Place

12473 Montague Rd.
Winnebago, IL 61088

12473 Montague Rd. Winnebago 61088 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Middle Creek Presbyterian Church near Winnebago


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