Doris Lee Dodd, 83 - Smithville

Doris Lee Dodd passed away Saturday evening, April 2, in Marietta, with her daughters by her side.

She was born August 1, 1933, in Smithville, a daughter of the late Marlin "Saul" and Lottie Frederick. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Elmer Dodd only 10 months ago, and her brother Ted Frederick, both of Smithville.

After marrying Elmer Dodd of Pennsboro, they moved to Massillon, Ohio. He worked at Republic Steel (LTV), and she at Ohio Paper, Central States Canning, and Nickles Bakery.

A woman of compassion and strong convictions, she was involved in the civil rights movement in the 1960's and 1970's. Civil rights is an issue that was very important to her for her entire life. She helped many people in trouble, often taking teens into her home when they had nowhere else to turn. When she and Elmer retired to her family farm in Smithville, she volunteered as an EMT with the Ritchie County Emergency Squad in both Smithville and Harrisville, while Elmer also volunteered as an ambulance driver.

Doris enjoyed reading biographical literature and medical subjects, and writing. She loved working on her computer, flower gardening, watching wildlife like the deer eating apples in her small orchards, caring for the cats and dogs that she took in over the years, and caring for her family.

Doris is survived by her son, Marlin, of Smithville; her daughters, Juanita Fisher and Crystal Dodd, both of Ellenboro; grandsons, Eric and Judy Buchanan, of Elkhart, IN, and Ryan Fisher of Ellenboro; and four great grandchildren, Mitchell, Cheyanne, Landon, and Hayden, all of Elkhart, IN.

According to Mrs. Dodd's wishes she will be cremated and no services will be held.