1930 ~ 2014
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
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
so I can move into my afterglow,
You mustn’t tie me down with your
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,
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
sobless the memories within your heart.
And then, when you must come this way
alone, I’ll greet you with a smile