Dorine Smith, 88

Dorine Elizabeth (Northrup) Smith went home to her Heavenly Father on May 11, 2015 while living at Fairlawn Nursing Care. Dorine was born into this world on December 10, 1926 to Esther (Rhoads) and Harold Northrup. She was the second of 7 siblings. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, James E. Smith; and 2 brothers, Lyle and Bill Northrup; and a grandson, Luke Gillam. As a young woman, Dorine accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. She was married on Dec. 21, 1946 to James E. Smith. She and her husband became a Lord led team from the beginning of their marriage. They served faithfully in Midland Michigan church, while raising 6 children. They felt called into full time Christian camping ministry in 1969, serving at Camp Barakel in Fairview, MI and then at Miracle Camp in Lawton MI. as Directors for 8 years.

At the age of 52 Dorine and her husband took part in a short term mission project in the Dominican Republic (D.R.). On returning, they realized God wanted them to serve there on a full time basis so they attended language school in preparation for their next 20 years in ministry work in the D.R. After retirement Jim and Dorine settled in Clover, South Carolina. They became involved in the Filbert PCA church, where Dorine would interpret the church service for some of the Mexican workers in the area and would hold English classes for the workers at their home. After her husband’s death she moved to Pettisville, OH to be closer to family and became a member of the Crossroads Church in Wauseon. She served with the ladies aid, volunteered at nursing homes, worked at Care and Share and served on their board.

Wherever God sent them they touch many lives for the glory of God! Spanish was her second language and she spoke it fluently until her graduation from this world to heaven!

Dorine is survived by her children, Julie (Craig) Gearhart of Owosso, MI; Jeff (Rebecca) Smith of Zimbabwe Africa; Chip (Becky) Smith of Greenville, SC; Pete Smith of MI; Jill (Jim) Lugbill of Pettisville, OH; and Kurt (Julie) Smith of Durham, NC; 16 grandchildren and twenty two great grandchildren. Dorine has donated her body to medical science at the University of Toledo. A celebration of her life will be for family and friends at Crossroads Chapel 845 E. Leggett Street, Wauseon on May 23 at 11:00am. The family suggests any memorials be given to Solid Rock International at PO Box 20867, Indianapolis, IN 46220 or at

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