302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Doris Miller Smith

Doris Miller Smith, age 95, passed away on March 18, 2021.

An incredible unique wonderful gal.  Born in 1925 to Norman and Ann Miller in Leonia New Jersey. Doris went to Bucknell at 16 years old and was the first girl to play tennis on the boys team. She graduated and went to Kathrine Gibbs school in New York.  She then worked for Mr. William DuPont, playing tennis, fox hunting, and heading up all his personal correspondence and parties.  She married William Charles Smith when she was 25 and lived in Westmoreland in Wilmington, De.  She had two children Deborah Smith and Kennard Smith, and stepdaughter Christine Rocca. She then learned how to play golf from her husband and ended up winning over 26 women’s championships at Wilmington Country club and won the Delaware state championship twice. She also won three senior state championships.   She had 6 holes in one between 1965 and 1996. She continued playing golf to her early 90’s.  She also won the WCC doubles squash championship and the state doubles squash championship several times and was also second in the United States doubles squash ranking. Doris did much charity work, working on the Visiting Nurses Board for 30 years, the American Red Cross Board, and the United Way of Delaware.  She was also a Christiana Hospital trustee and did much local charity work. She was an absolutely incredible mom, wife, grandma, great grandma, and friend with many people.

 

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    Charlie Weymouth writes,
    Aside for the moment that ever fondness for Christine Smith Rocco, memories from sixty eight years back recall also the enormity of Doris Smith. Shortly after her marriage, she bequeathed to we two boys, her near new sparkling luxury Buick, red tartan topped, convertible-----for long years thereafter, the conveyor of many road trips and, also, but rarely, passion. This Lady’s vivacity, competitive athleticism and plain good looks, were unexcelled. We’ll miss her. And for Debbie and Ken, thoughts and heart are with and for You Each. Charlie Weymouth
    03/24/2021 08:58 am
    Brian Sullivan writes,
    We had the pleasure of knowing Doris for more than 40 years as Ken and I became best of friends in high school at Tower Hill. We became full family closer friends with Doris in about y2k. Doris was particularly generous and friendly to my Mother, in my Mom's later years, particularly during our gatherings in Rehoboth Beach, which was greatly appreciated. Had many long close personal wonderful discussion with Doris, and a lot of fun when she would take us all out to dinners at WCC or Zebra. One time we made so much noise and had so much fun, the restaurant all clapped when we finally left. I knew all about her unbelievable accomplishments, but was delighted to read of her charitable work. She and my Mother-in Law were golf competitors. Well we know who won that battle! They sure broke the mold on this one and the likes of her will be hard to fill. She left on her own terms, and she will be missed, with many, many fond memories. Brian A. Sullivan, Esq.
    03/24/2021 02:34 pm
    Carol A Tavani MD writes,
    Rest In Peace Doris. We were neighbors in Westmorland for years. I always enjoyed our chats on her daily walk. What a fine lady. My condolences to her family.
    03/27/2021 12:15 pm

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