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Dorothy Smeenge

Obituary for Dorothy Smeenge

October 25, 1924 - September 29, 2018
Grand Haven, Michigan | Age 93


Dorothy Eileen (Newby) Smeenge was born on October 25, 1924, to William Ernest and Mary Lorean Newby. She spent her childhood years on the family farm in Westfield, Indiana, with her two sisters, Marjorie and Juanita, and three brothers, Harold, Richard and Meredith.

An avid student, she was a graduate of Indiana Business School and Union Bible Seminary. She obtained two degrees from Indiana Wesleyan University and received a master's degree from Olivet Nazarene University. She married Gerald H. Smeenge on June 30, 1950, and together they raised three girls: Beth Eileen, Jan Lorean, and Gretchen Lynn. Dorothy taught second grade for 26 years before retiring to Arizona with Gerald. She loved to travel and visited many states and countries over the years. She will be remembered by those who knew her for her love and devotion to friends and family. She was a speaker and hostess for Christian Woman's Club and Stonecroft Ministries. There she found new avenues for sharing her love for the Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. She left this earth for heaven on September 29, 2018.

She leaves behind her brother, Richard Newby, and three sisters-in-law, Doris (Richard) Newby, Mary (Harold) Newby, and Evelyn VanVoorst. In addition to her three daughters, Mrs. Beth (Paul) Werking, Mrs. Jan (Mark) Wierenga, and Gretchen (Michael) DeMarah-Pammer, she leaves grandchildren Mrs. Laura (Brian) Grissom, David Werking; Jillian, Kristofer, Jonathan Wierenga; Danielle DeMarah and Mrs. Kendra (Andrew) Souligne. Great-grandchildren are Elsie Werking, Alex and Sarah Grissom, Zoe, Ella and Brody DeMarah and Arlo Souligne.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Harbour Light Baptist Church, 9608 Hiawatha Dr., West Olive, MI 49460. Interment in Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Holland.

Memorial gifts:
Indiana Wesleyan University
C/O Gerald and Dorothy Scholarship Fund
4201 S. Washington Street
Marion, IN 46953

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Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
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