Merlene (Stephenson) Smith

Born: Fri., Jan. 7, 1916
Died: Fri., May 26, 2017


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Jun. 02, 2017
Location: Weicht Funeral Home

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jun. 02, 2017
Location: Weicht Funeral Home

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Merlene Smith, 101, died on Friday, May 26, 2017 at her home in Angola, Indiana.

She was a secretary at Hudson Motor Car Company.

She was a member of the Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Angola Elks Auxiliary and the Angola Moose Lodge Auxiliary.

Merlene was born January 7, 1916 in Paoli, Indiana to Loyd and Mabel (Keeth) Stephenson.  She married Ward Hampton Smith on December 24, 1940.

Surviving is her son, Stephen (Anita) Smith of Muncie, Indiana and daughter, Sherry Nidlinger of Fort Wayne, Indiana; six grandchildren, Brian Smith, Bradley (Erica) Smith, Teresa (Joseph) Moss, Brett (Carol) Nidlinger, Jeffrey Nidlinger and Jon (Becca) Nidlinger and 9 great-grandchildren, Ian Moss, Isaac Moss, Caden Moss, Gaius Smith, Gladys Smith, Tyler McKeever, Matthew Nidlinger, Ella Nidlinger and Camden Nidlinger.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ward Hampton Smith on March 30, 1993; two brothers, Arthur Stephenson and Cletus Stephenson and four sisters, Alice Patton, Louise Patton, Valerie Jones and Vivian Stephenson.

Memorial Services will be Friday, June 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, Indiana with Pastor Tim Terrell officiating.

Visitation will be from 10-11 AM on Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in Merlene’s memory to the Steuben County Council on Aging or to the Angola United Methodist Church.

Charitable donations may be made in Merlene's memory to the following organizations:

Angola United Methodist Church
220 W. Maumee Street, Angola, IN 46703

Steuben County Council on Aging, Inc.
317 S. Wayne Street, Suite 1B, Angola, IN 46703

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Margaret Moats Hall
   Posted Sun May 28, 2017
Sherry and Stephen, I was so sorry to hear from my brother John about your mother. I have so many fond memories of the two of you, your father and mother while growing up in Garrett. Basketballs games. Trips to the lake cottage in the summers. Your mother always treating me like one of the family.

With heart felt sympathy.

Margaret Moats Hall

Pastor Donna Holcomb
   Posted Thu June 01, 2017
To the Smith family - my deepest condolences as I learn of the death of your mother. We were closely connected when I was the Exec. Director for the Steuben Council on Aging, and in addition I helped to facilitate the Alzheimer's Support Group (along with Paula Headley Bateman) that she had started so many years ago. I will always fondly remember her kind words of encouragement both with the support group and with the COA. May you take comfort in knowing she is with Jesus.