Doris B. Smith, physical education teacher

December 23, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Doris B. Smith, a homemaker and former physical education teacher, died Thursday of complications from dementia at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville. She was 100.

Doris Buker was born and raised in Winchester, Mass., and attended Radcliffe College. She later earned a bachelor's degree in English from Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, in 1961.

Mrs. Smith met her future husband, S. Yeardley Smith, at Love Point while both were sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. They married in 1933.

Mr. Smith, a mechanical engineer, died in 1996.

During the 1930s and 1940s, Mrs. Smith was a physical education instructor at Garrison Forest School, Roland Park Country School and the Calvert School.

A longtime Gibson Island resident, Mrs. Smith enjoyed sailing the bay and in Maine coastal waters with her husband. They were members of the Cruising Club of America.

An avid gardener, she was a member of the Green Spring Valley Garden Club and the Gibson Island Club. She was also a member of the Mount Vernon Club.

She was a collector of woolies, embroidered portraits of sailing vessels that were made by seamen in the 1800s.

Mrs. Smith was also an accomplished needleworker and was known for her crewelwork.

For many years, Mrs. Smith spent summers in Chester, Nova Scotia.

She was a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Owings Mills, where private graveside services will be held.

Surviving are a son, Samuel Y. Smith of Timonium; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Another son, S. Jerrard Smith, died in 2006.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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