The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 4, 2013

Doris Smalley

GALENA, Kan. — Doris Terry Smalley, age 88, of Galena, Kan., passed away at 3:36 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, after a short illness.

Born Aug. 6, 1925, in Heavner, Okla., she was the daughter of the late John Terry and Mabel Stubbs Terry. She had lived in Joplin since 1956, moving from Amarillo, Texas. She was a waitress and served as night manager at the former Fred & Red's Restaurant for 15 years. She was a member of the Christian Church and enjoyed listening to and watching Gospel singing. A gardener, she raised fruits, vegetables and flowers. She most enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On March 17, 1951, she married Frank Smalley in Clovis, N.M. He preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 2005.

Eight siblings also preceded her in death.

Survivors include five children, Benjamin Wayne Snowden and wife, Debbie, of Joplin, Voncille Wilkerson and husband, John, of Galena, Rita Winton and husband, Thomas, of Joplin, Michael Smalley and wife, Peggy, of Webb City, and Ginger Spellman and husband, Monty, of Mount Vernon, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with Charlie King, minister officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to Joplin Salvation Army or Humane Society.

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