Dorothy Margaret Stanley Smrcka passed away November 5, 2017 at the age of 93. At the time of her death, Dorothy was a resident of Grace Assisted Living in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Dorothy was born July 11, 1924 in La Crosse, Kansas. She was the second oldest daughter of Mae and Harve Stanley of La Crosse. She attended grammar school and high school in La Crosse, graduating from La Crosse High School in 1942. Dorothy was united in marriage to Olen Smrcka of Timken, Kansas, September 20, l942, in Hays, Kansas. They were married for 64 years.
Dorothy was a member of the First Christian Church of La Crosse, Kansas, First Christian Church of Plainville, Kansas and First Christian Church of Twin Falls, Idaho.
Survivors include her four children, Virginia Koo (Dennis) of Honolulu, Hawaii, Rod Smrcka of El Dorado Hills, California, Julie Leiva (Tim) of Twin Falls, Idaho and Mary High (Richard) of Wichita, Kansas. Dorothy’s remaining living sister, Marilyn Rezac resides in Tualatin, Oregon. Dorothy is also survived by seven grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her sisters Thelma Schwab and Betty Haywood.
After marriage and WWII, where Olen served in the Pacific Theatre, Dorothy and Olen lived in Hays, Kansas, where Olen attended Fort Hays Kansas State University, receiving a teaching degree in science. In 1950, Dorothy and Olen moved to Plainville, Kansas where they lived until Olen’s death in 2006.
Dorothy was the office manager for the Plainville Rural Hospital and Olen was a high school science teacher and coach. Dorothy retired from the hospital in 1995 after nearly 30 years of service. She was responsible for obtaining and implementing a health care and retirement plan for all hospital personnel. After retirement, she was elected the first woman council member for the city of Plainville. She was also a member of the DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution, Wichita chapter. She and Olen traveled extensively, visiting their children and grandchildren throughout the United States. Dorothy loved to travel, visiting 49 of the 50 states, Europe and South America.
Upon the death of her husband in 2006, Dorothy moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, to be near her daughter Julie Leiva.
Dorothy wished to be cremated and her ashes interred in the La Crosse Cemetery alongside her husband, Olen.
A celebration of life will be hosted by the family at a future date in the spring or early summer of 2018 in Plainville and La Crosse, Kansas.
Donations are to be given, in lieu of flowers, to the American Cancer Society in honor of Dorothy’s daughter-in-law, Dore’l Smrcka, who recently died of breast cancer. Donations can be sent to The American Cancer Society at HYPERLINK "http://www.cancer.org/" t "_blank" www.cancer.org 1-800-227-2345. Please specify Breast Cancer Research. Acknowledgement cards can be sent to the family of Dorothy Smrcka % Rosenau Funeral Home, 2826 Addison Ave. East, Twin Falls, Idaho, 83301.