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Dorcas Reich - Class Of 1934

Dorcas Casey Smith Reich, 100, of Scottsdale, AZ was born on January 16, 1916 in Hurricane Township, IL.  She passed away in Scottsdale on April 7, 2016.

She married William H. D. Smith in Waukegan, IL on March 30, 1935, and they remained married until his death on August 2, 1964.  Dorcas and William had three daughters: Patricia Gail Clark, Phoenix, AZ, Suzanne Ruthe Meyer, Grove, OK and Kathleen Mary (Larry) Burson of Fredericksburg, TX.  A second marriage to George J. Reich lasted 19 years until his passing and added two step-children to the family:  Carolyn Reich Powles, Hesperia, CA and Robert G. Reich, Las Cruces, NM.  She is survived by all five children, as well as 12 Grandchildren, numerous Great Grandchildren and Great-Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister: Betty Jean (Larry) Wolf, Phoenix, numerous nephews and nieces and their families.

Dorcas and her husband Bill Smith moved to Phoenix with their three daughters from Kenosha, WI in 1952.   She loved living in The Valley of the Sun from her first day here.  In 1953 she began working at Goldwater's store in downtown Phoenix moving to the Goldwater's store at Park Central when it opened and later to Goldwater's in Scottsdale.  She won sales' awards and took her job very seriously.  Being a child of The Great Depression, she appreciated having a place to work for over 25 years.  She enjoyed traveling about the United States and Canada with her second husband George Reich.  She loved and appreciated her home, loved her family and they loved her in return.  She was a member for many years of St. Mark Lutheran Church.

After a fall at the age of 88 she resided for the last 12 years of her life in a beautiful foster care home in Scottsdale. We feel blessed for her excellent care and blessed she lived to be 100 years of age.

A Memorial Service was held on April 13, 2016 in the All Care Chapel in Phoenix, AZ, followed by interment in Green Acres Cemetery, Scottsdale, AZ.


Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 20, 2016