CAMBRIDGE — Dorothy Mae (Smith) Rollins, 86, of Cambridge, passed away at her home on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.
Dorothy was born in Auburn, Kentucky, on June 19, 1932, the daughter of John Henry and Minerva Daisy (Davenport) Smith.
She spent her early life in Auburn and Bowling Green, Ky. Dorothy left school at 15 to care for her younger siblings so her mother and father could work.
Dorothy married Clyde Allen Rollins. He preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1983.
Dorothy and Clyde moved to Chicago, Ill., shortly after her first son was born, and resided there for approximately 65 years.
During that time, Dorothy worked for Stewart Warner Corporation, both in the factory and then later in the corporate office.
Dorothy then retired and moved to Hanover Park, Ill., where she worked part-time at Walmart as a cashier and in the craft department.
She then moved in with her son, Edward, in Hoffman Estates, Ill., for several years.
As her health declined, Dorothy moved to Cambridge to live with her daughter, who was her caretaker until her death.
Dorothy loved woodworking and her crafts, which included knitting, crocheting, sewing clothes for herself and family, and various other arts and crafts. She loved to work with wood and created many yard decorations over the years.
She also loved to play games, cards and, most importantly, spend time with her beloved family.
Dorothy loved spending time with her pets, Toto (deceased) and Snowball.
Another big pleasure was scouting out garage sales and visiting thrift shops for that perfect something she absolutely needed. She also loved her time “up north” with her family both in Humbird and Rhinelander.
Dorothy had a reputation for winning prizes at the WWF annual banquet and enjoyed working the banquet each year with her family.
Surviving are children, Ralph (Viki) Rollins of Hoffman Estates, Ill., Stephan (Patricia) Rollins of Streamwood, Ill., Julia (George) Smid of Cambridge, Henry (Hank) Rollins of Schaumburg, Ill., and Edward (Angie) Rollins of Humbird; and stepdaughter, Betty (Rollins) Bell of Nashville Tenn.; grandchildren, Christopher (Elizabeth) Allen, Mark (Heather) Allen, Jeremy (Angela) Allen, Bradley (Anna) Rollins, Matthew (Colleen) Rollins, Allison (Michael) Guerrero, Stephan Edward Rollins, Michael William Rollins, Jay Dee Rollins, Jillian Marie Rollins, Stephanie Julia Rollins and Ray (Frances) Bell; great-grandchildren, Devin, Kaitlyn, Lindsey, Kyleigh, Nicholas, Brody, Zachary, Megan, Vilma, Garrett, Kajsa, Grayson, Sianna and Celine; her “adopted” grandchildren, Khloe and Julia Griffin; great-great-grandchildren, Mason and Jackson Bell; brothers and sisters, Jewell Wayne (Priscilla) Smith, Mary Katherine (Gary) Conder, Georgianna Smith, Patricia (Christopher) Smith-Anderson, Penny Kay Smith and Kathy Massey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dorothy also was preceded in death by sister, Eula Resnick; brother, Jimmie Earl Smith; and grandson, Michael Bell.
A celebration of life will be held in the banquet room at Keystone Grill, 206 W. Main St. in Cambridge, on Oct. 28.
A short service will be held at 12:30 p.m., followed by a light lunch and refreshments.
Dorothy’s cremains will be buried next summer next to her husband Clyde at Dixon Springs Cemetery in Carthage, Tenn.
Memorials are suggested to: Paddy’s Paws, 14 E. Sherman Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 or New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue (NBSTR), P.O. Box 109, Newburg, WI 53060.
A special thank you: To everyone that helped drive Dorothy to her appointments, take her shopping or to her hair salon or just come by to visit — we cannot thank you enough.
Special mention to Heather Allen, Brooke Sperbeck, George Smid and Julie Floyd Anderson for their support throughout Dorothy’s illnesses and hospital stays. We could not have done what we did this past year without you.
The Nitardy Funeral Home in Cambridge is assisting the family.