Doreen was born in Tyler, Minnesota to Paul and Irene (Babcock) Sorensen on October 8th, 1937. She lived on the family farm there for the first few years until the family moved to Lynd Minnesota. She graduated from Lynd High School in 1955.
After graduation, Doreen moved to the Twin Cities to work for about a year. She then decided to expand her horizons and go north. In the spring of 1956, she got on the train and took it to Duluth. She then ventured to Grand Marais, Minnesota and up the Gunflint Trail where she work at End of the Trail Lodge for the summer. While working there, she met her future husband George (Bud) Smith.
On December 27th, 1956, Doreen and Bud were married in a small ceremony in Russell Minnesota. To this marriage four children were born: Michael, Tammara, Paul and Alura. The first few years of marriage were spent moving around. The small family lived in Ely, MN; Rolla, Missouri; St. Paul, MN; and Grand Marais, MN. In 1966 the family moved to St. Peter, MN.
While raising her family, Doreen worked at Central Elementary School, ADC, Johnson Reel and the Regional Treatment Center. She also taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School at Trinity Lutheran Church. She was always volunteering her time either at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center, Right to Read, Literacy Counsel, Heart Fund, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls, wherever she was needed in the community.
She was known in the neighborhood by the kids as “Mom”. She loved to bake bread on Saturday and cinnamon rolls on Sunday morning. She was always baking something or decorating a cake for someone. She did many crafts and loved to read and garden.
In the spring of 2016, Doreen moved from St. Peter to Eagan and then Mahtomedi where she lived until her death on June 14, 2019.
Doreen will be greatly missed by her family and all the friends she has made in her journey. She was a very loving mom and generous person. Others always came first for her.
Doreen is survived by her sons Michael Smith of Milaca MN and Paul Smith of Mahtowa MN, daughter Tammara Smith of Hugo MN, special daughter Lieve Cornelissen of Beerse Belgium, granddaughters Heather (Tony) Ziegler and Sarah (Tom) Keck both of Lake Crystal MN, special grandsons Jarne Haest and Kjeld Haest of Beerse Belgium, Seven great grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren, brothers LeRoy (Phyllis) Sorensen of Glenwood MN and Jacob Sorensen of Baltimore MD, sisters Lori Hauge of Monticello MN and Ruth Ann (David) Rosten of Isanti MN, brothers-in-law Russell (Nancy) Smith of Grand Marais MN, Carl (Diane) Smith of Grand Marais MN, Darrell Smith of Grand Marais MN and sister-in-law Robin (Steve) DuChien of Grand Marais MN, many nieces, nephews, cousins and a special friend Lorraine Gatchell.
She is preceded in death by her husband, George (Bud), daughter Alura, parents Paul and Irene, mother and father in-law Stanley and Grace Smith, brother Lawrence, daughter in-law Sandra, great-granddaughter Isabella Ziegler, great-great grandson Colton Franklin, brother in-law Ozzie Linnell, sister in-law Donna Linnell, and sister in-law Marsh Smith.
Memorial Service will be 10:30am Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Peter. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00pm Friday at St. Peter Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association.