Boog dies at 92; services July 26

FORT DAVIS and MARFA - Doris Smith, the youngest daughter of pioneer ranchers Tyrrel "Tio" and Edna Smith and one of the most loved folks in these Texas mountains, died June 3, 2014, at the age of 92 after a long illness. She was born at the Jeff Davis and Presidio counties family ranch, the Charco de los Merinos (later known as the Smith Ranch), on Dec. 15, 1921. She graduated from Fort Davis High School where she excelled in sports. She went on to receive her degree from North Texas State University and took up a career as an excellent bookkeeper. Her father nicknamed her 'Booger Red' as a child after a famous bronc rider of the time because although she was not a bronc rider, she was pretty fractious, riding sidesaddle in the Bloys Campmeeting 50-year reenactment. Family needs required her to move back to the ranch where she stayed until ill health forced her to move into Marfa with her nieces, Marjorie and Marion Hughes, and Tyrrel Anne Hughes Dorris. She worked as Casner Motor Company's Marfa bookkeeper for many years, was tax assessor/collector for the Marfa Independent School District, and was an assistant in later years to the Presidio County tax assessor/collector. She also worked for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Jarratt Lumber Company and Building supply in Fort Davis until she was well past retirement age. When the Mimms Ranch dirt road was a county road between all the ranches north of Marfa, she traveled the 13 miles with whatever child whose turn it was to "learn" to drive at the wheel while she smoked her unfiltered Camels. She was a director of the Federal Land Bank of Marfa for 20 years, and served for many years as the treasurer of the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Davis. A memorial service will be at 10 am Saturday, July 26 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Davis. Any donations may be made to the Bloys Campmeeting Association or Grand Companions Humane Society in Fort Davis.
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