Jessie Inis Smith Merryfield passed away October 23, 2009 at Community Springs Healthcare, El Dorado Springs, MO at the age of 105 years.
Inis was born July 31, 1904, in Harwood, MO, the daughter of John Smith and Eva Eddlemon Smith. Her father was a section foreman for the Katy Railroad, and they moved to Schell City while she was an infant. Inis grew up and graduated from school in Appleton City. Upon graduating from the old Appleton City Academy (predecessor to the high school) in 1922, she worked in the Appleton City post office before marrying Caryll Merryfield on Jun 5, 1924, and moving to a farm north of Rockville. Two children were born to the Merryfields: a son Glen of Butler, MO and a daughter Shirley of of El Dorado Springs, MO.
Inis was a member of the Methodist Church of El Dorado Springs and a former member of Royal Neighbors.
Inis spent her entire life in Missouri except for approximately two years when she and her husband moved to Southern California for Caryll’s health. They returned to the family farm in 1958 and lived there until they retired in the early 70’s when they moved to El Dorado Springs. They purchased a home on Spring Street, living in the Old Park Hotel until the home was ready for occupancy. Inis later lived with her daughter Shirley and son-in-law Boyce Simmons prior to moving to Community Springs Health Care.
Inis was preceded in death by her husband Caryll; her parents, John and Eva Smith; sisters Eunice Heiman, , Gladys Rich and Pauline Young, and Paulin’s twin, Paul, who died in infancy. She is survived by her son, Glen and wife Ila Ann; grandson David Merryfield and wife Mary Ann; granddaughters, Diana Rich and Robin Lemeister and husband Francis, all of Butler, MO; and great-grandchildren Jesse Merryfield, Jeffrey Merryfield, Lacy Glass and husband Ryan, Denver Lesmeister, Dakota Lesmeister and Cheyenne Lesmeister. Also surviving is her daughter Shirley and husband Boyce of El Dorado Springs; grandchildren Todd Lancaster, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Brett Lancaster, St. Louis, MO, Keri Morrell, Magnolia, MS, and Darcy Roberts of El Dorado Springs.