Colleen Smith

Saturday, May 30, 2009
Colleen Smith

Funeral services for Colleen Smith, 77, of Spencer will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2009, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Spencer. Rev. Dan Taylor will officiate the service.

Interment will take place at North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer.

Colleen passed away Monday, May 25, 2009 at Spencer Hospital.

Colleen Frances Smith, the daughter of Gerald Hiram and Golda Pearl Hupp Faulkner, was born July 11, 1931 in Spencer, just two weeks after the great Spencer Fire. She was raised and attended school in Spencer, Colleen quit school but worked and earned her GED in the early 80's.

On Dec. 1, 1949, Colleen married Earl Leroy Quist in Jackson, Minn. Following their marriage, Earl worked for various farmers in the Webb and Everly area, usually living in the tenant house. In the early 50's they moved to the Spencer area, and in 1955, Earl started working at the Spencer Pack.

From their marriage they had three children: Bill, Roger and Nancy. In 1964, they accepted into their home two more children, Jerry and Tammy.

Colleen was a dedicated homemaker and mom. In the late 60's, she began working outside the home at various jobs including the Spencer Schools, where she was a custodian and bus driver. On July 19, 1973, her first husband, Earl passed away.

In 1975, very special family friend's, Don and Lil Stone introduced Colleen to Meryl Smith. Colleen and Meryl were united in marriage on Aug. 16, 1975. Meryl, a mail carrier in the Webb area, had four adult children: Sandy, Joyce, Donna and Connie. Which made a family of nine children, and resulted in 31 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Earl; brothers: Warren, Darrel and Joe; and granddaughter, Shalya.

Colleen is survived by her husband, Meryl of Spencer; her children: Bill Quist and wife, Marilyn of Kanawha, Roger Quist and wife, Belen of Tomball, Texas, Nancy Smith and husband, Gail of Spencer, Jerry Faulkner and wife, Ciel of Spencer, and Tamra Sue Nighswonger of Spencer; step children: Sandra Stone of Cedar Falls, Joyce Bailey and husband, Floyd of Laurens, Donna Drake and husband, Joe of Des Moines, and Connie Seaman and husband, Greg of Dickens; 31 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; sisters: Bessie Orlando, Macomb, Mich., and Marge Quist of Spencer; and brother, Floyd Faulkner and wife, Wilma.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.