Merrillyn Elizabeth Smejkal
1930 ~ 2014

Merrillyn Elizabeth Smejkal, passed away peacefully January 31, 2014,surrounded by loved ones. She was born on December 9, 1930 in Billings, MT to Jack and Carol Rabb of Elk Basin, WY.

She attended five high schools: Powell, WY; Hardin, MT; Bakersfield, CA; Lander, WY; and in 1948 graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper, WY. She went on to attend the University of Wyoming for two semesters where, in 1949 married Glen Stickley.They had a daughter, Shiela. After their divorce Merrillyn moved back to Casper where she worked for several retail and oil companies. In 1956 she married Eugene Yinger, they had a son Vonn and divorced twelve years later. While she lived in Casper, Merrillyn was very involved in community activities including Desk and Derrick Clubs of North America; Sweet Adelines; the local thespian group, The Playhouse; and sang with the C-Notes.She was also a member of the Casper Landsmen’s Association while working as Landman for the Teton Exploration Drilling Company.

In 1976 she moved to Hawaii to greet her first granddaughter and stayed to work with several companies after her daughter and family moved to Utah. Several years later, in 1981 Merrillyn met Theodore Smejkal and they were married on November 24, 1982. They retired to Florida in 1985 where Mr. Smejkal became an accomplished wood turner. They enjoyed touring the East Coast showing and selling his art at various juried art shows. After the economy tanked in 1993, they decided to travel the United States in an RV, as full timers. They crisscrossed the country visiting family and friends from coast to coast until 1996 when they temporarily settled in New Mexico.In 2000the couple moved to Oregon and after several more moves ended up in Bend, OR to be near family. Upon the passing of Mr. Smejkal in November 2009, Merrillyn moved to Utah to be closer to her daughter.

Her husband Theodore and her son Vonn Yinger predecease her. She is survived by her daughter Shiela (Hugh)Heindelof Lehi, UT; her two granddaughters Lori (Dave) Sacks and Carol Ann Heindel both of Lehi, UT; and two great grandchildren.She is also survived by stepdaughter Ellen (John) Laba of Kaneohe, HI and stepsons Bob (Kitty) Smejkal of Griffin, GA; Bill Smejkal of Martinez, CA; Arthur (LaVonne) Smejkal of Bend, OR; Ed (Karen) Smejkal of Maple Valley, WA; and twelve step grandchildren and eight step great grandchildren.

A loving charismatic daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, Merrillyn touched the lives of many and will be missed by all who knew her. A private family viewing was held on Sunday February 2 at Warenski Funeral Home of American Fork, UT. Later this year Merrillyn’s ashes will be interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), Honolulu, HI with her late husband, a WWII veteran.

To Those I Love
by Merrillyn Smejkal

When I am gone, just release me, let me go -

so I can move into my afterglow,

You mustn’t tie me down with your tears;

let's be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love, you can only guess

how much you gave me in happiness.

I thank you for the love you have shown, but

now it’s time I traveled on alone.

So grieve for me awhile, if grieve you must,

then let your grief be comforted with trust.

It’s only for a while that we must part,

sobless the memories within your heart.

And then, when you must come this way

alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and a

Welcome Home.

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