Doris Smith Arko

June 24, 1949 ~ October 9, 2020

Service:

Oct. 20, 2020
2:00 PM
Graveside Services at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Utah 84092ns

Our beautiful wife, mom, grandma, sister, and friend to all passed away peacefully at her home
in West Valley, UT surrounded by her family from an aggressive neurodegenerative disease.
She was 71.

Doris was born June 24, 1949 in Park City, Utah to William Jr. Smith and Mariam Street Smith.
She was the oldest of six children. Graduated from Park City High School in 1967. It was there
where she met the love of her life Bill. They were married November 21, 1969. They raised two
children together in a house full of love and amazing memories.

She worked for Granite School District for over 30 years. She loved her job there and the many
friendships she made.

Family was everything to Doris and she cherished every minute she got to spend with them.
She loved taking cruises with her husband and best friend Bill, time spent at the family cabin,
and camping, especially anywhere there was a desert race. There was never anything her
grandkids participated in that she wasn’t right there front and center cheering them on. She was
an amazing cook and loved cooking big meals for her family, especially around the holidays.
She always put the needs of others ahead of her own. She loved her family deeply and we are
heartbroken at her passing.

She is survived by her husband of almost 51 years Bill, children Bill Jr. (Brittany) and Angie
(Troy Weirick), 5 grandchildren Kamryn, Mason, Dylan, Brayden, and Brooks, one great
grandson, Jack. Sisters Lawinia Hinkle, Kathy Gradine and Edna Sundquist.

Proceeded in death by her parents, brothers Bart L. Smith and Preston W. Smith
The family would like to send a special thanks to Dr. Kathleen Mckee as well as the team of
Intermountain Health Hospice for their compassionate care.

Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens
1950 E Dimple Dell Rd. Sandy, UT

In accordance with health guidelines please bring a mask and be aware of social distancing.



Guestbook/Condolences

So sorry to hear about Doris. Our prayers are with you and your family. So glad you and Doris took time to see the world from cruise ships. Loved your balcony on the ship in Hawaii. Hope to see you again. Condolences to a fine lady and her courageous husband. Rex and Lona Estes

- Rex and Lona Estes
I had the privilege of working with Doris for several years. She was a sweet, kind person who was always willing to help me whenever I needed it. (which was often) She will be dearly missed. Shari Goodman

- SHARI FOODMAN
Dear family: I was heart sick to read about dear Doris. She was my daily sunshine and positive energy during my years at the District office. We shared a special bond and I will forever be grateful for her commitment to the Community of Caring Program and the special friendship we shared. Her managerial excellence, her skills at accounting, ability to think ahead, plan and demand perfection made my job truly a pleasure and always made the two of us look good. I don't think I thanked her enough but she knew how much I appreciated her. She was truly amazing and taught me so much; life skills that I still use and expect from myself even today. I still find myself doing things that reflect what she demanded from herself and from me! She would remind me; "Shar, make copies and don't throw anything away." Doris was truly an example of professionalism and efficiency. I will always admire her ability to manage, organize and succeed. Thank you for sharing her with me those years .... Her memory will be with me always and I will forever treasure our friendship. "Shar" Sharlene N. Linford .

- Sharlene N. Linford
Sending our love and condolences to Billy and his family. Sorry we can not be there to help celebrate your Mom's life. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

- Brian and Kerryn Gish
To the family of Doris Arko, I proudly served the students of Granite School District with Doris for many years. She was devoted to education and young children and adolescents. Doris was a true professional in every sense of the word. She was kind and loving to everyone she met. I was so lost when she retired, but I understood her first commitment was to family. I will cherish the time I spent with her, solving problems and making education better for students. I am so glad that she was my friend. All my love and positive thoughts are with her family, Mary Alice

- Mary Alice Rudelich
To Bill,and family, Sendingl love prayers and Heart felt condolences ,to you all.Doris was such a special lady,Were all going to miss her emencley, but she will forever be in our 💕. Hearts.Rest in Heavenly Peace.Love you forever ,Pat

- Patti Henley Vance
Dear bill and family. We are deeply sorry for your loss. We love doris so much and we will miss her sweet smile. Love you always, Mike, Wilda and family. This includes your Aunt Wanda too.

- Mikel and Wilda Street