|Verna A. Merritt|
My Great-Grandmother, Verna Anna Merritt Smith was born in Wilson County, TN 17 Jan 1889 to Obidiah J. and Florence (Sewell) Merritt. The family moved to Jefferson County, Illinois around 1900. Verna was the second of six children and her mother Florence died when Verna was just thirteen years old. From all accounts, times were hard for the Merritts after their mother died. In 1909, Verna married Robert Calvin Smith and they had eight children, one of those being my grandfather, Diamond Milton Smith. They raised their children in Mt. Vernon, Illinois where great-grandpa Bob was an auto mechanic.
|Verna A. Merritt Smith|
Great-grandma Verna was quite a character and had a wicked sense of humor. She was full of gumption right up until the end. I like to think she got this from her grandmother, Amanda J. Martin. Verna's husband Bob Smith died in October 1958, Verna 29 Mar 1972 in Fort Lauderdale, FL where they had lived for a number of years. The following obituary is from the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.