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KEYSER, W.Va. Dorothy M. Gardner, 64, of Richmond St., Keyser, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Cumberland.
Born on Sept. 1, 1953, at Columbus, Miss,, she was a daughter of Nora Finch and stepfather, Samie Finch of Columbus. She was preceded in death by her father, Alberry Smith; her husband, Harry Lee Gardner on March 4, 2010; and a sister, Gloria Jean Smith.
A mighty prayer warrior, Mrs. Gardner was an evangelist with the First Church of God in Christ in Piedmont, where she also was a member of Mother's Board, served as Director of Inspirational Speakers and was the Sunday school teacher for the Junior High Class. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching TV shows, especially her church programs, "Matlock," "Law and Order," "The Andy Griffith Show," and game shows. She was also an avid reader and scholar of the Holy Bible.
Surviving, in addition to her mother and stepfather are her children, Alavento Smith of Plainfield, N.J., Demetrius Smith of Clarksburg, Terrance Smith and wife, Shawna of Somerset, N.J., Rushonda Smith of Lawrenceville, Ga., Kristofer Smith and wife, Fateema of Columbus, Ga., Janette Smith of Perry, Ga. and Kevin Smith of Keyser; a brother, Darren Toney Smith of Warner Robin, Ga. and two sisters, Hattie Jeffer of Wichita, Kan. and Rozell Williams of Kathleen, Ga. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Tieem Jordan, Asia Smith, Nassiah Smith, Nasir Smith, Destiny Skinner, Deshawn Smith, Janiya Alston, Janell Jordan, Jada Smith, Quincy Smith, Jaden Smith and Joel Goode Smith and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at 2 p.m. with Elder George Smith officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mrs. Gardner's obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.
Published on November 1, 2017
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