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Doris I. (Smith) Hathaway

Doris I. (Smith) Hathaway, 86, Palmyra, Mo., passed away at 5 a.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. at her home in Palmyra.

         Doris I. (Smith) Hathaway

Doris was born Nov. 28, 1934, in Marion County, Mo., to Charles and Vadia Grunwalt Smith. She was married to Carl Hathaway on Feb. 22, 1953, in Warren, Mo. They recently celebrated 68 wonderful years of marriage.

Survivors include her husband Carl, Palmyra; children, Carlene (Danny) Christy and Marvin (Wuanita) Hathaway; brother, Henry Smith; sister, Elizabeth Holden; grandchildren, Jessica (Keith) Robinson, Jason (Teresa) Christy, Jenny Christy, Adair (Keri Berry) Hathaway and Heather (Andy) Utterback; numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Russell Smith and Roy Smith; and brother-in-law, Roger Holden, St. Louis.

Doris was a housewife and mother who was passionate about cooking and baking. She was famous for her pies, and coconut cream was her favorite, as well as her homemade donuts. 

She worked as a waitress and cook at Mom’s cafe, Faxon’s Cafe and Deters Dairy, and retired from the Palmyra School District in 1970 as a school cook. She also loved working in the food stand at the Kahoka Bluegrass Festival. 

Her other hobbies included working in her garden, crocheting beautiful items for her family, friends and charity auctions, and of course, cooking for her church.

Throughout her lifetime, she attended Pea Ridge Community Church, Pleasant Hill Baptist and Warren Baptist Church. 

A  funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, March 8, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Pastor Carl Helmuth will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Palmyra. 

The funeral service will be live streamed through Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel. Follow the link on their obituary page or go to ( The live stream will start shortly before the service begins and will be available on our website.

Pallbearers will be Adair Hathaway, Andy Utterback, Jason Christy, Greg Drebes, Clifton Eagan, Jessica Robinson, Jenny Christy and Heather Utterback.

Friends and family are invited to Doris’s life celebration at a visitation that will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 8, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel 

Memorials may be made to Community Loving Care Hospice or Pea Ridge Community Church.

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