Doris J. Willard

November 21, 1935 - September 29, 2017

Doris J. Willard, 81, a lifelong resident of Virginia, passed away Friday, September 29, 2017 in Ft. Myers, FL at the home of her daughter. She was born November 21, 1935 in Wytheville, VA to Wilburn and Hazel Smelser, now deceased.

Doris loved life and lived it to its fullest. She loved sewing and worked beside her husband of 62 years in their upholstery and furniture shop. They later owned and operated a nursing home in Wytheville, VA, Virginia’s Rest Home where she shared her loving nature with the many residents they cared for. She loved golf and loved to golf, even achieving a hole in one from 99 yards. She will be surly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her four children, Melody Landry (Robert) of Ft. Myers, FL, Maynard Willard (Theresa) of Fairfax, VA, Scott Willard (Katrina) of Cape Coral, FL and Carol Vasquez (Rodrigo) of Woodbridge, VA; three sisters, Mary Heldrith (Dick) of Dublin, VA, Jo Ann Martin (Danny) of Radford, VA and Becky Gordon (Danny) of Wytheville, VA; one brother, Doherty Smelser of Lorton, VA; nine grandchildren, Aimee, Jamie, Lorena, Joshua, Brandon, Sarah, Zachary, Julian and Benjamin; three great grandchildren, Isaiah, Mia and Sevin; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, October 22, 2017, at Central Methodist Church, 803 Wadsworth Street, Radford, Virginia 24141. There will be a reception immediately following the service.

Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.


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