Dorothy K. (Klootwyk) Burford Smith

Monday, December 8, 2014

Dorothy K. (Klootwyk) Burford Smith, 93, of Cassville, passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at the home of her son, Craig Burford.

She was born Nov. 13, 1921, in rural Knoxville, Iowa, the daughter of Fred W. and Ethel L. (Sutherland) Klootwyk. On July 29, 1942, she was united in marriage to Walter V. Burford, who preceded her in death on March 8, 1971. She later married Thomas Smith, who is also deceased. Others preceding her in death were her parents; two brothers, Robert Klootwyk and Lester Klootwyk and two sisters, Mary Stevens and Winifred Balmer.

Survivors include: one son, Craig Burford and his wife, Dr. Carolyn (Hunter) Burford, of Cassville; one brother, Ralph Klootwyk and his wife, Pauline, of Knoxville, Iowa; three sisters, Esther Schnicker and her husband, Dick, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Dixie Larpenter of Des Moines, Iowa, and Doris Marshall, of Knoxville, Iowa; and three grandchildren.

She grew up and received her education in Knoxville, Iowa, where she graduated from high school. She was employed 20 years, with Western Electric, where she retired in 1981. She was a life member of Telephone Pioneer Electric of America. Ten years ago, she moved to Cassville to make her home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Winfield Funeral Home, Knoxville, Iowa. Brent Hanna will conduct the services. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville, Iowa.

Local arrangements are under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville.

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