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Shirley Smith

October 8, 1937 ~ May 29, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old


Shirley (Doom) Smith, 85, of Moberly, Missouri, passed away peacefully on May 29, 2023, at Mark Twain Assisted Living.

Shirley Doom was born Oct 8th, 1937 in Salem, KY, along with Hazel Doom, Fraternal twins
born to George Washington & Iva Martha Shewcraft Doom. Hazel was born first, then Shirley.
Twins were very unusual in that area at the time, and many folks came to see the new babies.
Their father, George was also a fraternal twin with Francis Marion Doom, born in 1884.
There were four older brothers, now deceased, Vernon, Raymond, Harland and Lawrence.
Shirley had an older sister Martha, and younger sister Margery (now deceased).
As the twins required more attention in a busy household, Lawrence (age 12) and Martha (age9) had to become early caregivers. Lawrence would always take care of Hazel, and leave
Shirley for Martha aka ‘Sister’ to handle. Shirley was a little chubbier, and more of a challenge.
When George & Iva married in 1915, he was 30 years old, she was 16. Eight children were
born to this marriage between 1917 and 1940.
Shirley had more of a ‘take-charge’ type personality. She was a little shorter than her twin, and
had curlier hair. She attended Salem High School. The summer before her senior year, she
married CJ Smith, he was also from Livingston County, and had joined the US Air Force and
was stationed at Camp Whiteman in Missouri. She returned to live with her parents to finish
her high school education and was part of the last class to graduate from Salem High School.
She said a beautiful solo at her graduation ceremony.
Shirley and CJ made their home in St Peters, MO. They welcomed three children: Michael in
1957, Sharon in 1964, and Cynthia in 1967. Unfortunately, this marriage didn’t last, and they
were divorced before 1973.
Shirley was an expert seamstress, and a good cook. She made money with her sewing and
alterations, and her work was total perfection. Later, her sister-in-law, Dottie, helped her
secure a job with General Motors Parts in Hazelwood, MO.
She continued to live in St Peters until her health declined, and she moved to an assisted living
facility in Moberly MO, close to her daughter Sharon. In later years, she suffered from
diabetes, dementia, as well as glaucoma, and had lost a lot of her vision.
Shirley had grandchildren Laura, Bon, Kaila, Ashleigh, Kendell & Michael.
Great grandchildren were Addison, James, Caleb, Zander and Killian. She was able to meet
her newest Great Grand just the week before her death.

Memorial graveside services will be Saturday, July 8, 2023, at 10:30 AM, at Salem Cemetery in Salem, KY.  Rev. John East will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Boyd Funeral Directors and Cremation Services in Salem.

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Graveside Memorial Service
July 8, 2023

10:30 AM
Salem Cemetery
Lion Drive
Salem, KY 42078


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