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Mary Frances Smith Merck, age 83

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Mary Frances Smith Merck, age 83 of Ellenboro passed away Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Mary Frances was born on February 25, 1935 in Forest City and was a daughter of the late Wilbur E. and Ollie Teal Smith. She worked 42 years in banking, starting her career with Union Trust Company which later became Independance National Bank and finally BB&T where she retired. Mary Frances was a graduate of Cool Springs High School and a member of First Baptist Church. She also held close bonds with Concord Baptist Church where she often attended with her late husband.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Merck, and brothers, Robert Smith and Howard (Bub) Smith.

Survivors include her sister, Joanne Rowe of Upper Marlboro, MD, sisters-in-law, Faye T. Smith of Forest City and Grace Smith of Rutherfordton. There are also nieces and nephews and community of friends that loved Mary Frances.

Funeral services were held at The First Baptist Church of Forest City. Rev Dr. Garin Hill officiated and a eulogy was given by her sister, Joanne Rowe.

Interment followed in the Concord Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Music Department, 211 West Main Street, Forest City, NC 28043 or Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, PO Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043.

The Padgett and King Mortuary & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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