Dorothy Marie (Smith) Walswick

December 19, 1930 ~ November 16, 2021 (age 90)


Dorothy Marie Walswick, age 90, of Walker, formerly of Hemet, CA, passed away peacefully at her home in Walker, on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, with her loving family by her side.  She was born on December 19, 1930, in Walker, MN the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Gould) Smith.

Dorothy grew up in Walker and graduated Walker High School in 1948 where she was Homecoming Queen.  Following school, she moved to Flandreau, SD. Where she was a teacher for the Flandreau Indian School.  While she was there, she took about 30 girls under her wing.  Dorothy moved to California in August of 1953 and worked in the Betsy Ross Café.  She worked at the Brookside Winery where she did the accounting and payroll.  Dorothy later owned her own yogurt shop where she would become an amazing cake decorator.  She also dabbled in the production of porcelain dolls. Dorothy was a person who worked hard all her life.  Not only for herself, but also for the opportunity to send her children to catholic school, which was very important to her.  Dorothy always put others before herself and that showed up to the latter stage of her life when she worked for the Visiting Angels taking care of the elderly.  She and her husband of 68 ½ years, Gaylor, moved to Grand Portage, MN in fall of 2019 to be with their daughter for a year, then recently returned to Walker after spending 11 months in California.  Dorothy enjoyed dancing, playing bingo, boating, camping, and bowling on a league with her husband Gaylor. She loved cooking and baking, but most of all, she loved her grandkids, and you could find her bragging about them all the time.

The family that Dorothy joins again are her parents; Mary and Joseph Smith, son; Gregory Walswick, and infant son; Michael Donald Walswick, great granddaughter; Kaitlyn Schwartz, and siblings; Mary Jo, Harold Smith, Frank Smith, Donald Duck, JoAnne Nelson, and Walter Smith.

Those she leaves behind to cherish her memory are her husband; Gaylor Walswick of Walker, son; Gary (Rosanne) Walswick of Anaheim, CA, daughter; Diane Hussing of Grand Portage, MN, 15 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren. In addition, Dorothy leaves behind her cousins and many nieces and nephews. 

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November 20, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Northern Peace Funeral Home
114 Tianna Drive
Walker, Minnesota 56484

Mass of Christian Burial
November 27, 2021

1:00 PM
St. Agnes Catholic Church
210 Division Street South
Walker, Minnesota 56484

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