Mrs. Dorothy Mae (Smith) Rollins
A memorial celebration of life for Mrs. Dorothy Rollins, age 86, of Cambridge, Wisconsin was held Sunday July 28th from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home at 12 noon. Burial followed beside her husband Clyde in the West section of the Dixon Springs Cemetery.
Born Dorothy Mae Smith in Auburn in Logan County, Kentucky on June 19, 1932, one of nine children of the late John Henry and Minerva Daisy Davenport Smith.
Mrs. Rollins was preceded in death by a sister, Eula Smith Resnick; brother, Jimmie Earl Smith and a grandson Michael Bell.
She spent her early life in Auburn and Bowling Green KY. Dorothy left school at 15 to care for her younger siblings so her mother and father could work.
She was united in marriage to Nashville native Clyde Allen Rollins on July 7, 1951 and he preceded her in death on December 23, 1983 at the age of 61 following only thirty two years of marriage.
Mr. and Mrs. Rollins moved to Chicago Illinois shortly after her first son was born and resided in Chicago for approximately 65 years.
During that time, Mrs. Rollins was employed with the Stewart Warner Corporation both in the factory and then later in their corporate office.
She later retired and moved to Hanover Park IL where she worked part time at Wal-Mart as a cashier and in the craft department.
Mrs. Rollins then moved in with her son, Edward in Hoffman Estates for several years.
As Mrs. Rollins health declined, she moved to Cambridge, Wisconsin to live with her daughter, Julia, who was her caretaker until her death at Julia’s home.
Mrs. Rollins loved her crafts and woodworking which included knitting, crocheting, sewing clothes for herself and family and various other arts & crafts.
She loved to work with wood and created many yard decorations over the years.
She also loved to play games, cards and most importantly spend time with her beloved family. Dorothy loved spending time with her pets, Toto (now deceased) and Snowball.
Another big pleasure was scouting out garage sales and visiting thrift shops for that perfect something she absolutely thought she needed.
She also cherished her time “up north” with her family in both Humbird and Rhinelander Wisconsin.
Mrs. Rollins had a reputation for winning prizes at the WWF annual banquet and enjoyed working the banquet each year with her family.
Surviving are five children: Ralph Rollins and wife Viki of Hoffman Estates IL, Stephan Rollins and wife Patricia of Streamwood IL, Julia Smid and husband George of Cambridge WI, Henry “Hank” Rollins of Schaumburg IL, Edward Rollins and wife Angie of Humbird WI and step daughter Betty Rollins Bell of Nashville TN; twelve grandchildren, Christopher Allen and wife Elizabeth, Mark Allen and wife Heather, Jeremy Allen and wife Angela, Bradley Rollins and wife Anna, Matthew Rollins and wife Coleen, Allison Guerrero and husband Michael, Stephan Edward Rollins, Michael William Rollins, Jay Dee Rollins, Jillian Marie Rollins, Stephanie Julia Rollins and Ray Bell and wife Frances; fourteen great-grandchildren, Devin, Kaitlyn, Lindsey, Kyleigh, Nicholas, Brody, Zachary, Megan, Vilma, Garrett, Kajsa, Grayson, Sianna & Celine; her two “adopted” grandchildren – Khloe and Julia Griffin; two great-great-grandchildren, Mason & Jackson Bell; brothers and sisters: Jewell Wayne Smith and wife Priscilla, Mary Katherine Conder and husband Gary, Georgianna Smith, Patricia Smith-Anderson and husband Christopher, Penny Kay Smith & Kathy Massey; several nieces and nephews.
The Rollins family requests memorials to: Paddy’s Paws 14 E. Sherman Avenue, Fort Atkinson WI 53538 or New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue (NBSTR) P.O. Box 109, Newburg WI 53060.