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April 15, 1934 ~ Dec. 30, 2020
Sue Ann was born April 15, 1934, to George Jr. and Eileen (Hite) Elliott at her grandparents’ farm home in Phillipsburg, Kansas. Throughout her childhood, she lived and attended schools in many places before settling in Meeker, Colorado, for her junior and senior years. She met David H. Smith, Jr. at a football game, and he became enamored with the pretty girl with the angelic voice, who was now singing “solos” at community events. They were married Dec. 28, 1951.
After marriage, she had a brief career at the Meeker Herald before starting her life’s dream of living in one place and raising her family. She was active in the affairs of a busy ranch wife and mother, participating in the St. James Guild, Cowbells, scouts, 4-H, school activities and Curtain Call (a local theatre club that she and David enjoyed). After the kids were grown, she volunteered for the start-up boards of the Northwest Colorado Mental Health Association and Safe House. Throughout her married life and after David’s passing, she lived on the family ranch and loved (and was so loved by) her family.
She is survived by children David W. Smith (Laura) of Meeker [granddaughters Brittany and Meghan]; Brent A. Smith of Meeker [grandsons Landon (Sylvia) of Meeker, Jared (Elizabeth) of Craig, Nick (Alysha) of Meeker]; Phillip “Matt” Smith (Judy) of Grand Junction [granddaughter Brittiany Rozman (Will) of Grand Junction]; Lori E. McInnis (Scott) of Grand Junction [grandchildren Dax McInnis of Denver, Tessa McInnis of Timnath, Andrea Pollack (Tony) of Littleton]; Brian E. Smith (Jeanette) of Pueblo [granddaughters Madeline of Colorado Springs and Hayley (Ronald Dukes) of Ft. Collins]. Sue Ann is also survived by nine great-grandchildren.
Sue Ann joined her beloved husband David, their infant daughter Susan Marie, her granddaughter Sarah Lynn, her brother Richard Elliott, and so many family and friends with her passing on Dec. 30, 2020.
A celebration of her life will be held for the family, as the gathering restrictions may allow. Her family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Pioneers Medical Center, the St. James Guild or to a charity of the giver’s choice.