Geraldine "Jerry Lou" SmithFebruary 3, 1934 ~ May 28, 2017 (age 83)
Geraldine "Jerry Lou" Smith, 83, of Canon City, passed away May 28, 2017 with her family by her side. She was born February 3, 1934 in Pueblo CO. to Clarence and Alma (Bouchard) Schwab of Westcliffe, CO. The Schwab family were original pioneers of the Wet Mountain Valley. Jerry was the first girl born in the Schwab family for almost 100 years. Jerry had many stories of life on the ranch and the mischievous adventures of she and her brothers. The family moved to Canon City, CO. in 1946 and Jerry attended Canon City High School and then to Berthoud CO, where she graduated in 1952. Jerry Lou then moved back to Canon City, where she met Ralph Smith, the love of her life and they were married Dec 16th, 1956. Jerry worked for many years at Fredrickson-Brown Insurance, then at the Canon City Daily Record, and finally for the Fremont County Sun. In 1981, the family moved to Washington State. Over a 30-year period, Ralph and Jerry resided in Spokane, the Seattle area, and the Tri-Cities. They returned to Canon City in 2013. Despite all the time in Washington, Jerry Lou loved Canon City and it was always home. Jerry Lou and Ralph were blessed with two daughters, Lorri Lynne Hill, and Lynda Lou Poppie. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ralph, her daughters Lorrie Hill and Lyn Poppie, Grandchildren Dustin Hill, Savannah Hill, Britaania Poppie, and Dirk Poppie. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers John and Vernon Schwab. A celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church, 801 Main Street, Canon City, CO. Arrangements entrusted to Harwood Funeral Home.