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Dorothy Winora Smith

January 30, 2018
Dorothy Winora Smith
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Dorothy Winora Smith, born in Redlands, California passed away during her 93rd year after a long battle
with Alzheimer's disease on January 30, 2018. Mark J. Smith, her childhood sweetheart and husband for
69 years, predeceased her on October 5, 2015.
Dorothy's parents, Anne and Edward Berry, and her sister Irene, migrated to Canada from Burnley,
England in 1923. Edward, a master weaver who earned several degrees in England, was offered
employment with a weaving company in Redlands, California and the family entered the United States
through Ellis Island like most European immigrants.
After several years in Redlands, the family moved to Arcadia, California. Dorothy attended Arcadia-
Monrovia-Duarte High School, became a drum majorette with the high school band, and had the honor
of marching in the Rose Parade in Pasadena several times. After graduating, she attended Pasadena
Business College. At that time World War II had already started and Dorothy was employed with the
United States Army Air Corps flight training division where she was voted "Sweetheart of the Air Base,"
an honor she was very proud of.
Mark was raised in Glendale, California where he attended Hoover High School. Following graduation
Mark entered the United States Army serving three years in the U.S. Infantry, two of which were in
Europe during World War II. Mark's regiment received the Presidential Unit Citation for its
participation in that battle as well as a special decoration, a Belgium Fourragere, for their liberation of
Belgium. Mark also received three Battle Stars or Campaign Streamers for participation in other major
battles including the Rhineland and Ardennes Offensive and a Combat Infantryman's Badge which
included a Bronze Star. When Mark returned home from Europe in 1946, he and Dorothy were married.
Mark and Dorothy settled in Arcadia and had two sons, Craig A. Smith and Cameron L. Smith. Mark
entered the engineering construction business with his father and they worked together for nine years
in Southern California where they were involved in heavy construction building freeways, public works
and airport projects. In 1958 Mark was transferred to Santa Maria, California as superintendent of
Coxco Construction Company's branch operations.
In 1965 Mark and Dorothy started their own construction company and started building subdivisions
and custom homes. Their first development was Foxenwood Estates a master planned community
which they started in 1968 and at completion was 500 acres containing 900 custom homes and 240
custom town homes. They owned and operated Mark J. Smith Construction and Foxenwood Realty
which at its peak had 22 sales agents. Dorothy obtained her real estate license, managed the real estate
operation and was responsible for sales, model home design and decorating and was one of the first
women in the Santa Maria Valley to obtain a General Contractor's License. Cameron became a partner
in Foxenwood Builders after attending Cal-Poly University in San Luis Obispo in 1975 and was the
managing partner and builder for the firm. Their next project, started in 1988, was Foxenwood Country
Club Estates consisting of 143 custom homes adjacent to the Santa Maria Country Club.

Craig obtained his Bachelor's degree at UCSB, attended law school in Southern California and passed the
bar in 1975. He returned to Santa Maria in the early 80's opened his law office and handled the legal
affairs for the family as well as becoming a partner in the family's various real estate ventures.
Life was good for the Smith family in Santa Maria. In the early years summers were spent with family at
the Miramar in Santa Barbara and later weekends at the family cabin at Nacimiento Lake. Mark and
Dorothy loved to take cruises with their friends and travelled often to Palm Springs and Las Vegas for a
little gambling and nightlife.
Mark and Dorothy were very active in Santa Maria helping to build the future generation of health care
in the Santa Maria Valley. They donated their time and leadership serving on several boards including
the Hancock College Foundation, Santa Barbara Sheriff's Council, Santa Maria Police Council, Boys &
Girls' Club and the Santa Maria Valley YMCA. They founded the Mark and Dorothy Smith Family
Foundation which donated to many charitable entities and they supported the development of the
Marian Heart Center which added over 40,000 square feet of cardiovascular service space including new
and larger surgical suites. They also contributed to the development of the Marian Critical Care Center
which was named in their honor. The Mark and Dorothy Smith Family Foundation will continue to
support health care and other charities in the Santa Maria VaHey.
Dorothy is survived by her sons Craig and Cameron, Craig's wife Clarice Smith, Craig's daughter Tina
Usman, her husband Omar Usman, great-grandchildren Kyle Urbano, Taylor Usman, Mason Usman and
OJ Usman, Craig's son Trevor Smith, his wife Lavel Smith, great-grandchildren Rachel Smith and Ethan
Smith, Cameron's wife Linda Smith, their sons Shannon Smith and Brandon Smith, Brandon's wife Karla
Smith, great-grandsons Miles Smith and Baron Smith, great-granddaughter Morgan Smith, her sister-in-
law June Ann Nye Nebel and her husband Larry Nebel. Her sister Irene passed away several years ago.
The family would like once again to acknowledge Marian Regional Medical Center President Chuck Cova
and his staff, physicians James Sweeney and Samir Bhatt, our wonderful caregivers, Milmar, Lupe, Patty,
Mary Lou, Marissa, Rosie, Shelly and Christina, and Kim and the other hospice nurses all of whom have
assisted us through this difficult time with such loving care for our mother.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Mark and Dorothy at a later date. To leave a condolence for the
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