Dorothy Smets, 74

Dorothy June (Kellogg) Smets, age 74 of Broken Bow, died June 5, 2011, at Jennie Melham Hospital in Broken Bow. Dorothy was born July 10, 1936, to Claude and Clara (Kellogg) at Gates. She attended Gates Public Schools and then attended Broken Bow High School graduating in 1955. August 21, 1954, she was married to Herb Smets. To this union a daughter, Sue, was born. Dorothy has resided in Broken Bow for 50 years. Mom was such a special person and one of my best friends in the world. Mom and I loved to go shopping together, we would tell Dad to work hard because we were going shopping, see ya when we see ya. Dorothy loved to do things with her grandchildren She was active in the Broken Bow Does, Catholic Daughters, and helping anyone that she could. One memory I have is that when Jim and I were getting married, mom and I went to get the brides maid hat and accessories and we both laughed because we had to make it back to the last few horse races. We didn't win but sure had fun. Mom and Dad loved to fish, go gambling, and go on special spur-of-the-moment trips. Grandchildren Sami and Tyler made her so proud, there wasn't a moment that she was not telling someone how special both of them were. She had such great neighbors; Scott, Claudia, Rebecca, Mike, Kim, Brian, Annie, Gretchen and Steve and their families. Survivors include a daughter, Sue and husband Jim Landen of Gothenburg; two grandchildren, Sami Landen of Lincoln, and Tyler Landen of Lincoln; one great-grandson, Alex of Grant; brother and sisters-in-law, Bill and Shirley Smets of Lexington, Tom Smets of Leigh, Ellen and Stan Garretson of McCook; Aunt Mary Ellen Bader of Sherman, Texas, and nieces and nephews. Dorothy was preceded in death by her loved husband, Herb; parents, Claude and Clara Kellogg; in-laws, Russ and Laura Mae Smets; a grandson, Jeff; brother-in-law, Jim; and sister in law, Marge. Funeral services were June 8 at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Hugh Spanel officiating. Burial was in the Broken Bow Cemetery. Memorials made be made to the family. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of arrangements.Published in the June 9 Custer County Chief.