May 13, 1921 – April 6, 2019
Merle Smith, 97, of Greeley, died Saturday, April 6, 2019 at North Colorado Medical Center. She was born on May 13, 1921 in Longmont, Colorado to James Lucius and Hattie May (Carmack) Campbell.
Merle grew up in Longmont and graduated from Longmont High School - the first in her family. She married Dale Smith on April 28, 1940. They had two daughters – Georgia and Nancy. Merle was an active Girl Scout Leader.
Merle got her teaching degree from Colorado State College in 1958 and her Master’s in 1964. She worked for School District 6 from 1958 – 1983. She was the first female administrator in the district and retired as the district math coordinator. She also co-wrote a math textbook.
Merle was a member of First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and ADK Sorority. She played an integral role in bringing the Alzheimer’s Association to Greeley when Dale was diagnosed in the 70’s. She enjoyed needlework, reading, traveling and baking with her grandkids. She was a friend to many and loved by all. She was strong, kind, patient and a joy to be with.
Merle is survived by daughter, Georgia A. Fitch of Greeley, grandchildren, Amy Fitch, Emily Hunter, Beth Canuteson, Rusty Morgan, Abi Stewart and Katie Bonnell and great-grandchildren, Chae Stewart, Cassie Hermanson, Ellen Hunter, Brennan Canuteson, Moira Roethle, Natalie Canuteson, Andrew Serrano, Michael Hunter, Zoe Fitch, Ella Bonnell, Owen Bonnell, Connor Bonnell, Mia Morgan, Lilly Bonnell and George Bonnell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale, daughter, Nancy Morgan, son-in-law, Doug Fitch and granddaughter, Wendy Denton.
Visitation 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Stoddard Funeral Home. Funeral service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at First United Methodist Church, 917 10th Avenue, Greeley. Interment Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation care of Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley, Colorado 80634.
- Georgia A. Fitch, Daugter
- Amy Fitch, Grandchild
- Emily Hunter, Grandchild
- Beth Canuteson, Grandchild
- Rusty Morgan, Grandchild
- Abi Stewart, Grandchild
- Katie Bonnell, Grandchild
- Chae Stewart, Great Grandchild
- Cassie Hermanson, Great Grandchild
- Ellen Hunter, Great Grandchild
- Brennan Canuteson, Great Grandchild
- Moira Roethle, Great Grandchild
- Natalie Canuteson, Great Grandchild
- Andrew Serrano, Great Grandchild
- Michael Hunter, Great Grandchild
- Zoe Fitch, Great Grandchild
- Ella Bonnell, Great Grandchild
- Owen Bonnell, Great Grandchild
- Connor Bonnell, Great Grandchild
- Mia Morgan, Great Grandchild
- Lilly Bonnell, Great Grandchild
- George Bonnell, Great Grandchild
- Rusty Morgan
- Jim Hunter
- Jude Stewart
- Randy Bonnell
- Michael Hunter
- Andrew Serrano
- Owen Bonnell, Honorary Pallbearer
- Conner Bonnell, Honorary Pallbearer
- George Bonnell, Honorary Pallbearer
- Visitation Tuesday, April 9, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, April 10, 2019
- Interment Wednesday, April 10, 2019
April 13, 2019
What a beautiful lady, a life well lived, she made a difference and will be missed. I always loved her smile, especially when I looked back at her in church and her friendly greeting. The video is especially nice, great family and memories. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers, especially you Georgia. So sorry Lynette and I missed the memorial service. Terry Eakle told us it was one of the most beautiful she has ever attended and Merle would have been so proud. May God's blessings be with all of you and, Georgia , we look forward to seeing you in church. Jerry Wassemiller, high school classmate and friend of Georgia.
April 8, 2019
When I think of my great grandma Merle, I think of days spent at her pool, lunches at Olive Garden, frozen grapes, and cans of apple juice. I remember her rocking me in her chair (even when I was probably too big for it) and singing “My Bonnie”. I admired her poise, grace, and independence. She loved everyone she met and never had a bad word to say. I will miss her immensely. Thank you Grandma for your endless love and support. I love you forever.
April 8, 2019
Of my great aunt I will always remember her porch swing. Some of my earliest memories of visiting my Colorado family. Hanging out on the porch swing of her house. She was always so caring and had the most wonderful sense of humor. She always made me feel loved and I will truly miss her. Love you auntie Merle, please hug my mom for me. ❤️❤️❤️