Dorothy Smelser was born in Salem, OR on July 28th, 1927. She was raised in Willamina where her father, Elmer Guy Smelser worked in the lumber industry. Her mother, Mary Hazel Walker Smelser was a homemaker and active church member. They moved when Dorothy was young to Aumsville, OR. It was there that she was raised and went to school. Dorothy was one in a family of nine, four brothers and four sisters: Eleanor, William, Theresa, Elmer, Margaret, Johnny, Chester and Fay. Dorothy spent many days at her mother's parent's home, Francis Almeda and Albert Ernest Walker. She enjoyed her grandparent's company especially Grandpa's. Grandpa Walker's home burned down when Dorothy was young. The only surviving item was Grandpa Walker's King James Bible. It was her Grandpa's wishes that Dorothy receive his bible. Dorothy was very moved with this gift and kept the bible throughout her life. This was to be the beginning of her deep devotion to the word of God. Dorothy moved to Salem, OR in 1946 where she met James (Jim) Francis Rogers at his Uncle Jory's Packing Company (Jory, was brother of actor Victory Jory). Jim remembers first seeing Dorothy in pigtails with purple ribbons and wearing a purple sweater working on the sorting line. He was very taken by her. Later she was working on the labeling machine and Jim was hauling the products to the freezer. Jim gave Dorothy his phone number. Dorothy one day, wanting to go out, had just happened to have remembered Jim's phone number and gave him a call. He had just recently wrecked his car so they went out via city bus. They began dating. Dorothy had previously dated a man who owned an airplane and, on occasion, would give her plane rides. Jim asked Dorothy to go flying with him. They drove out to the country to an open field in a Model-T. "Where's the airplane?" she remarked. Jim had been involved in the model airplane hobby and removed a model airplane from the rumble seat. She informed Jim that she knew men who had "real" airplanes. Jim and Dorothy married on August 1st, 1947. Dorothy insisted that Jim pursue college on his GI Bill. Dorothy's sister, Peggy and her husband Bob Phelan loaned $700 to Jim and Dorothy so they could purchase a 6'x12' trailer home in Corvalis, OR so Jim could go to Oregon State University where Bob Phalen was already attending. Mom gave birth to her first son, Jim on March 18, 1948. They had two other children Jeff (born in 1950) and Jerry (1952) while Jim attended college. Jim and Dorothy came to Modesto, California in 1952 after Jim finished college. Jim had received a job from US Department of Agriculture. There they had four more children, JeAnne, Jay, Joel and Jon. They moved to Concord California in 1965. In 1968 Jim, the eldest son, joined the army and went to Vietnam. This was followed by Jeff joining the Navy and Jerry joining the Air Force to serve during the Vietnam War effort. This time was the most painful for Dorothy. Although her sons came home safe and sound, she would constantly worry and prayed for her sons' safety. Dorothy became more involved in the church during this time. Religion became a very important part of her life. Jim and Dorothy moved to Los Gatos, CA in 1972. Dorothy joined the Seventh Day Adventist shortly afterwards. She was baptized in The Seventh Day Adventist faith on August 2nd, 1975 at her Los Gatos church. She has recounted on numerous occasions the glorious feeling she felt as she "married herself to Jesus" and accepted him as her Lord Savior. During her baptism she felt the holy spirit of Jesus in her. This experience was the most glorious and happy one she had ever felt in her life. Soon afterward her sons all came home safely; she felt this was a tribute to her strong beliefs and her endless prayers. Jim retired from his job in Oct 1983. Together they moved to Paradise, CA to retire in July 84. Here they enjoyed evening walks in the neighboring apple orchard with their cat, and Dorothy made wonderful pies with the abundant fruit. There were many occasions when their children visited with their children and took trips to the nearby lake. In July 85, Jim took a consulting job at a food processing company in Sacramento. The reputation of his previous employer (California Canners & Growers) standards and quality, and Jim as its Director of Quality Control, was well known in the industry. The processing company wanted to improve their buyer potential addressing their previous poor quality by the addition of Jim as Quality Control Advisor. The company moved them to Cameron Park where they rented a house close to their oldest son and his family. Jim served them for six years until company was brought by competitor and then Jim returned to retirement. When the house in Los Gatos sold they sought permanent residence. They found their new retirement home on an acre and moved on Thanksgiving Day, 1985 to their current home in Shingle Springs. Here they built a riding corral and purchased two horses and a pony. Their children and their children's children spent many happy days riding the horses with them. Grandma turned to the yard and transposed the native landscape with many beautiful roses and trees. They had a beautiful vegetable garden over the years and added a hen house with little Bantee chickens. There was an abundance of fruit trees and berries to enjoy and places for the grandchildren to play. Dorothy enjoyed her Grandchildren and spent numerous hours indulging with them in creative play. Her children and her grandchildren were her world. She was a very proud mother, grandmother (to 23), great grandmother (to 33), always there to share in all their accomplishments and events. She gave freely of herself and was greatly appreciated and loved by her family. Dorothy joined the Adventist Church in Shingle Springs initially then began attending the Adventist Church in Placerville, CA and attended regularly. She enjoyed the sermons, especially those of Associate Pastor Roy Hager. Dorothy's faith was foremost and her greatest wish was that her children and their children find the joy she found in her faith and embrace their lord and creator. Dorothy's love was immense and will be sorely missed.