Dee Smith 80, of Paris, went to be with our Lord and Savior in Heaven at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Paris Regional Medical Center.  A graveside service is set for 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2019 at Knights of Honor Cemetery with Dr. L.C. Stout officiating.  No formal visitation hour will be observed.  Fry & Gibbs Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Althia Dorwease Burns Smith, better known to her loved ones as “Mimi” and her friends as “Dee”, was born in Paris, Texas, October 12, 1938 to her biological father, Mike Burns and her mother and dad, Leottice Brown Thompson White and Jack White.  She was preceded in death by her father, mother, dad, and a son, Danny Stout.

She leaves a big family that will miss her greatly including a brother, Mike Burns and wife, Kathy; three children, Tony Stout and wife, Sherry, Jacky French and wife, Anne, and Kimberly Sands and husband, Kenny Wayne; eight wonderful grandchildren, Shauna Stout, Anthony Stout and wife, Christy, Stoney Stout and wife, Chelsey, Jestine Pineda and husband, Louis, Jessica Arzola and husband, Eloy, Kenny Sands, Jr., Anette Canup, and Amanda Sands and Colby; many, many wonderful great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren whom she loved spending time with.

She spent her life in Blossom, Texas and worked as a hotel manager in Paris until her retirement.  She was a friend to everyone, never meeting a stranger and had the biggest, kindest heart.  Moma would always light up a room when she entered and would make sure you knew she was there.  There was never a dull moment around her and she wasn’t bashful about speaking her mind.  Her favorite saying was “I’m not as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was”.  She enjoyed singing, playing the piano, and dancing.

Moma will be greatly missed, but we have happiness knowing she had that big ole smile upon entering Heaven’s gates with her perfect body walking up to the Lord, her mother, and son giving them a huge hug and kiss.

She loved Paris Chalet which was her home for over six years.  There, the unconditional love that was shown to her by everyone, was indescribable.  Susan, we can never thank you enough for all you did.  You all are the greatest people and we are blessed to have added them to our family.  Moma also loved American Best Hospice who started taking care of her in October.  There is no doubt about the love between her and the ladies.  Shay, you put a smile on her face just mentioning your name.  She loved seeing you every day.  We love you ladies and can’t thank everyone enough for your excellent care and love!

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