Thomasine Evelyn Smith

"Tommie"

A wonderful lady of great character whose judgment, humor and friendly spirit brought out the finest in all those around her.

The influence of her life upon her family and others is a flame that will burn brightly forever.

She left so much good with every soul she touched on this earth.

Stan, Dana, Sandy, Dane and your loving family



Our loving wife and mother, Thomasine "Tommie" Evelyn (Swoape) Smith, 83, passed away on April 21, 2009 at her home in Medford with her family by her side. She was born on May 25, 1925, in Grants Pass, Ore., to Thomas W. and Audrey A. Swoape, and was very proud to be a native Oregonian.

The family moved to Medford in 1933 and Tommie attended Roosevelt Grade School, McLoughlin Junior High, and Medford High School. At "Mac" Tommie met the love of her life when they were in the 7th and 8th grades where she was a majorette and Stan a football player. During her high school years, she was an usherette at the Craterian, Rialto and Holly Theaters. Stan joined the Navy during WWII and while he was on leave they were married Oct. 30, 1943. Tommie went back to the Boca Chica Naval Air Station in Key West, Fla. with Stan.

After leaving the service they settled in Ashland and Stan attended Southern Oregon College of Education, now Southern Oregon University and started his teaching and football coaching career in Redmond in 1951, moving to Cave Junction for the 1952 to 54 school years; Eagle Point 1955 and 56; Baker 1957 through 59; Ashland 1960 to 62 and then back to Medford in 1963.

During dad's coaching years mom was always instrumental in organizing a youth group of some sort. In those days, girls didn't have sports like they do now, so she started a girls' singing group that sang in nursing homes and civic events in the Illinois Valley area. She also raised funds for new bleachers and a scoreboard for the football field. Football jerseys were ordered for the game on the new field but they didn't arrive at the school in time so she got in her car and drove to the Medford airport and back just in time for the boys to take the field.

In Eagle Point she worked as the City Recorder. One day she went to Medford to raise funds for a new track around the football field. Going to Dean and Taylor Pontiac, she not only came back with funds for the track but a Drivers' Training car as well.

In Baker she formed a group of marching girls, the Bakerettes, who were invited to perform at the Portland Shrine Game, Pendleton Roundup parade, Joseph Roundup Days, the Elks state convention held in Medford, parades and football games in Baker and many other events. In Medford, she formed a similar high school group known as the Marching "M"s.

The couple started in the restaurant business in Baker in 1959 with a driveup hamburger stand. Moving to Ashland, they bought the A&W Drive-In and later in Medford, Cubby's and the Medford A&W. For many years they owned and operated Mon Desir Dining Inn and Bel Dis on the Rogue before retiring in 1989.

After "retiring" they became very involved with the Southern Oregon University Raider Club for the past 24 years. The "team" of Tommie and Stan not only contributed financially to the school but held many fundraisers, having organized and put on the first 11 golf tournaments raising thousands of dollars for sports.

Genealogy became a great hobby. She has researched and preserved for her family their lineage dating back to the 1500s, including 1491 ancestors in the family tree.

Her many cookbooks done in retirement have become legendary. In 1985 she donated her time and money to publish the Medford Centennial "More Than A Cookbook" raising thousands of dollars. She also published a similar cookbook for SOU. She published many genealogy and history books for Josephine and Jackson County in her spare time.

Tommie leaves her two daughters, Dana Tuley (Lonnie), Sandy Trott; and one son, Stanley Dane Smith, Jr. (April). Her son-in-law, Bill Trott, preceded her in death in 2006. Also surviving is sister, Lorraine McCurley, Medford. Her sister, Mary Lou Wagar preceded her in death.

Her grandchildren are Teresa Nichols and Jody Nichols Watkins, Bill Trott (Victoria), Tracy Richards (Dennis), Tommy Dane Smith (Tawnee), Jody Nichols Watkins (Wally), Katy Trott Campbell (Chris). Two grandchildren preceded her at their birth.

Great-grandchildren are, Cody and Justin Watkins, Will, Travis and Austin Trott, Madison Richards, Brooke and Cameron Dane Smith, Kyle and Cassie Campbell, and Riley Nichols.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at Eden Valley Orchard and Vineyard, the old Voorhies Mansion on 2310 Voorhies Road, at 1:00 p.m. For directions call 541-512-2955

The family wants to thank Asante Hospice, especially Kris, Mary, Scott, Katy, Joanna, Linda, Debbie, Desiree, Janet, Linda, Manu and our volunteer Jan. You were there day and night for mom and helped us so much. We appreciate every one of you.

Memorial contributions can be made to Southern Oregon Historical Society, 106 North Central, Medford, OR 97501 and to Asante Hospice Special Needs Fund, 2690 Doctors Park Drive, Medford, OR 97504.