Mary F. "Merridy" Deater

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Mary Frances "Merridy" Smith Deater, 84, of Frederick, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Washington Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Born March 8, 1929, in New Market, she was the daughter of the late Mary Ruannah Engle and Earl Leo Smith Sr. She was the wife of Harry Richard "Jim" Deater.

She went to New Market Elementary and to Frederick High School, from which she graduated in 1946. She worked as a secretary/bookkeeper for Ox Fiber Brush Company, then Floyd Culler Construction Company, and finally for Minute Man Press.

A member New Market Methodist Church for many years, she served as a Sunday School teacher, an MYF counselor, a Bible School director and a member of the Official Board of the Church as well as a member and leader on many committees.

She and her husband joined Calvary Methodist when they moved into the city, where they continued working with church youth for many years. They worked with scores of kids and took trips with them to places such as the Fun Factory, Gettysburg battlefield, the cabin on the Monocacy, West River Church Camp and Charlottesville, Va., and held Halloween parties. Later, she and her husband joined Thurmont Methodist Church.

The couple were members of a bowling league for more than two decades and shared an interest in history, especially the War Between the States. She was an avid Colts fan until they were taken from Baltimore and she then joined her husband as a Redskins follower.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are sisters Shirley Ann Smith and husband Morris Favorite, of Hampstead, Barbara Ruannah Smith and husband Baron Rossen, of Frederick, Jean Audrey Smith and husband Louis Silvers, of Frederick, and Nancy Engle Smith McCartney, of Middletown; a brother-in-law, Donald Elliott, of Blacksburg, Va.; 22 nieces and nephews; 25 great-nieces and great-nephews; many step-nieces and step-nephews; and more than 20 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

She was predeceased by sisters Pauline Elizabeth Smith Boone and Margaret Louise Smith Elliott; brothers Earl Leo Smith Jr. and Charles Edward Smith; two brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and a nephew.

Friends and family will receive visitors from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Stauffer Funeral Home, 1621 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Ray Moreland officiating. Interment will be at the family plot in Mount Olivet Cemetery immediately following the service.

Memorial contributions may be sent to New Market United Methodist Church, 5501 Old New Market Road, P.O. Box 111, New Market, MD 21774.

Online condolences may be offered at www.staufferfuneralhome.com.

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Stauffer Funeral Home
1621 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702
(301) 663-1690
Published in Carroll County Times on June 15, 2013
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