Cleo J. Smerchek, 89, of Blue Rapids, died at the Blue Valley Nursing Home on Monday, May 12, 2014.
Cleo was born May, 30, 1924 in Oketo to William and Ethel (Stanberry) Taylor. She graduated from Beattie High School in 1941 and worked at the ASCS office in Marysville from 1943 to 1948. She met her future husband at a dance in Marysville and after a whirlwind courtship, they were married June 6, 1948 in Beattie. They settled on the family farm south of Blue Rapids and were blessed with 4 children, Karen, David, Cindy
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