Marilyn Elvera Smith, 68, of Merlin passed away, Monday, October 1, 2012, at her home.

Marilyn was born February 29, 1944, in Evanston, Ill., to Nicholas and Viola Schaul. Marilyn graduated from St. Xavier University with a masters in psychiatric nursing. On July 31, 1971, in Milton, Wisconsin she married James W. Smith, who survives. Together they moved from Illinois to Southern Oregon in 1990. Marilyn began working for the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics where she worked until her retirement in 2008. She was a member of the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley. Marilyn enjoyed macram, needlepoint, counted cross-stitching, crossword puzzles, reading, enjoying the beauty of nature, and caring for her dog.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two children, James B. Smith, of Dallas, Ore. and Katherine Clark, of Grants Pass; three grandchildren, Sydney Smith and Malbry Freimnth of Dallas, Ore. and Amber Clark, of Grants Pass; two sisters, Diane Wassink, of Merrill, Wisc. and Carolin Bills, of Brookfield, Wisc.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 5, 5:007:00 p.m. at Stephens Family Chapel. Funeral Services are Saturday, October 6, 11:00 a.m. at Stephens Family Chapel, with interment following at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Grants Pass. Reverend Joy-Anne Huth of the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley officiating. For online condolences and tributes please visit Arrangements by Stephens Family Chapel, Grants Pass, Ore.