On August 17, 2022 in South Jordan, Utah, the Circle of Life was completed for our beloved mother, Dorthy Jean Sorensen Smith.

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Born on February 19, 1932 in Scipio, Utah, to Myrtle Meredith Olsen and Boyd James Sorensen. Dorthy was the oldest in a family of 2 girls and five boys.

An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter -day Saints. She loved to sing and was a member of her Ward Choir for over 30 years. Mom enjoyed being a missionary, serving 10 years in the Utah State Prison Family Home Evening Program and 12 years in the LDS Addiction Recovery Program. She also helped organize the Bluffdale Chapter of the Daughter’s of Utah Pioneers and was on the Memmott Family Reunion Committee for 50 years.

Mom also showed her love for people by handing out candy to everyone she met and taking flowers from her own garden to display at church so others would enjoy them.

Mom accomplished a lot in her life hence her license plate read SEWNGO. She was known for her beautiful handiwork. Over the years she created scores of quilts, afghans, amazing finger puppets, lovely crocheted intricate doilies and many other crafty items. A number of which won awards at the Utah State Fair. Many homeless people were the lucky recipients of her handknitted scarves. Later in life, she would SIT N’ KNIT and made over 100 baby blankets, working on her final one just days before her passing.

Countless years and much time was devoted to her son Brandell J. Smith supporting him in special Olympics which took them many places including Minneapolis, Minnesota.

One of Mom's most cherished memories (that was told again and again to anyone that would listen), was when she marched at the age of 15 in the Days of '47 Parade proudly playing her clarinet.

Mom was married three times and is survived by six of her seven children: Connie (Jim) Halcom, David (Dianna) Cooper, Milton (Michelle) Cooper, Amelia (Scott) Dumas, Lucinda “Lucy” (Jon) Marcroft and Brandell J. Smith, 22 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Daughter Rose Marie Olsen predeceased her.

A viewing will be held August 29, 2022 from 6 – 8 pm at Memorial Redwood Mortuary 6500 South Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT.

Funeral services will be held August 30, 2022 at 11am with a viewing prior from 9 – 10:45 at Jordan North First Ward 3900 South 4000 West, West Valley City, UT. Interment will be in Scipio, Utah.


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Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery
6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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Aug 22, 2022

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I know Dorothy from my volunteer work at the Utah State Prison. She was always there for Family Home Evening and Sunday services. She was always so friendly and welcoming to everyone. It was a privilege to know her. I did worry that she was going to get in trouble for giving the inmates candy, but she never did. I am also the recipient of some of her beautiful baby blankets. She always made sure the volunteers had a quilt for their new grandchild or any other new baby. I really missed seeing her after activities at the prison closed. Rest in Peace dear friend.

David A. Hales , Draper, UT, US Aug 30, 2022

Dorothy was pleasant and fun to visit. I'm happy I got to meet her, even though it was only a few times. Thinking of the family and wishing comfort for all of you.

Frankie Colton , Sanford, CO, US Aug 22, 2022

I always had so much fun when we would go to Scipio when we were kids. I am a “quilter” and always admired Dorthy’s quilts as well as all her other handcrafts. She’s probably so happy to be with Aunt Myrtle and Uncle Boyd again. Rest In Peace Dorthy

Kay Burgess , Roosevelt , UT, US Aug 22, 2022


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    Baby quilts for my great grand babies ,that she made

  • Feb 1, 2022

    Grandma as we knew he came to our mission to be sopprtive and brought her special spirit, we would take her home. She made 6 baby quilts for our great grandchildren. She always brought goodies to our mtgs. What a special lady. We love you.