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Delores Stenquist Smith, 72, of Ruffin Terrace, died Sunday at Wayne UNC Health Care Center with her family present.
Memorial service will be Friday (December 21, 2018) at 3:00 PM at Spilman Baptist Church, 601 Madison Ave., Kinston.
She is survived by her daughters, Kimberly (Kim) Smith Meidinger of Elizabeth City and fiancé Rod Ashby of Newport News, VA, and Kathryn (Kathy) Smith Brown and husband, Walter Brown of Roanoke Rapids; son, Kenneth (Kenny) Ray Smith, Jr. and wife Erica Little Smith of Stantonsburg; nine grandchildren: Stephen, Angelynn, Jessica, and Christopher Meidinger; Joshua, Maggie and Mary Delores Brown; Cameron Major and Caroline Smith, and her recently recued dog, Sophie. She is also survived by her sisters, Elizabeth Young of Lake Norman and Elaine Doscher of Farmville, and brother, Ron Stenquist and wife Neubi Stenquist of Corpus Christi, TX.
She was preceded death by her High School sweetheart and husband of 48 years, Kenneth Ray Smith, formerly of Kinston, and her parents, Margaret Smith Stenquist and Fred N. Stenquist, formerly of Goldsboro.
Delores attended C. B. Aycock High School before graduating from Brogden High School in 1964. She graduated from the Nursing Program at Wayne Technical Institute in 1965.
Throughout her life, Delores was a devoted Christian spending much of her time in church activities. She chose a life of servitude, nursing for over 25 years and retiring from Caswell Center in 2006. Her greatest love and passion in life was her family including her many dogs she cared for over the years.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your local SPCA.