August 7, 1927
August 1, 2015
Dorothy Merrill was born on August 7, 1927 in Jackson, Mississippi to Frank and Ethel Smith. She was one of 14 children and grew up in Mississippi and Missouri during the Great Depression and because of this she learned the timeless values of resourcefulness and hard work. Dorothy persevered and despite obstacles in her life she carried on and moved to Pasadena, California to attend Ambassador College in 1947. She was a great beauty that rivaled any movie star of the time and she caught the eye of Robert Merrill while at Ambassador College and they were soon married finally settling in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1971. Three children born of this marriage were Daniel, Zoe Alice, and Loraine.
Dorothy was a very talented seamstress and quickly developed an excellent reputation with interior decorators in Colorado Springs that provided long standing demand for her work. She shared her valuable knowledge and experience of sewing with her children and grandchildren. Her favorite sewing machine shall be treasured by her family as an heirloom and as a symbol of creativity, hard work, and perseverance.
There were only two things in life that truly mattered to Dorothy and that was her family and her faith in God. She was the matriarch of her family and a giving selfless person who was always ready to lend a hand, listen to ones problems, offer advice and guidance, give love, and share anything she had with any member of her immediate family, extended family, and even those she barely knew. She taught all of us lessons in humility, forgiveness, tolerance, and to keep God and your family close to your heart. She will be greatly missed but remembered always as we keep her in our hearts and her lessons in our everyday lives. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert and beloved son Daniel. She is survived by her two daughters Zoe Alice and Loraine, eight grandchildren; Nathan, Jessie, Jennifer, Dana, Shannon, Jeremy, Amanda, and Matthew along with ten great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.