Saturday, January 9, 2021

Shirley Smillie has passed away

 ShirleyLavonne (Frank) Smillie, 90, a charter member of the Loveland Fishing Club and a delightful fishing companion, died Sunday, Jan. 3; her family notes in her obituary that she passed "in the comfort of her home, with her son Kim Grummitt and faithful dog Coco by her side." 

Services will be held at Viegut Funeral Home in Loveland, Colorado on Tuesday January 12, 2021 at 2:00pm. A reception will follow at the family home. 

Those of us fortunate enough to fish with her will miss her, and smile at some shared memories. 

Following is the complete obituary. 

Shirley LaVonne Smillie (Frank), 90 years old, of Loveland, Colorado passed from this earth Sunday January 3, 2021 at 12:30pm in the comfort of her home, with her son Kim Grummitt and faithful dog Coco by her side.

A Loveland native, born November 21, 1930, the daughter of Henry J. Frank and Mary K. (Foster) Frank. She attended Loveland High School and graduated from the Greeley School of Cosmetology in 1949. She lived in Cheyenne, WY and Twin Falls, ID before returning back home to Loveland in 1970.

She was an examiner for the CO State Board of Cosmetology, Denver in 1972. She was the manager and hairstylist for the Foothills Care Center from 1972-1988. She also managed the Good Samaritan Retirement Center Hair Styling Salon from their opening in 1973 until her retirement in 2000.

Shirley enjoyed and was totally dedicated to her work and making others happy by bringing joy to your life and a smile to your face. She enjoyed decorating, traveling and gardening, Shirley’s gardens were quite something and she had a green thumb to rival any. She especially loved her last dog CoCo dearly…as she had all her furry friends over the years. She was an avid stained glass artist and enjoyed golf later in life. Shirley was also active with the Loveland Fishing Club for many years.

Her last years at home were made especially comfortable, safe and special by 3 immensely loyal, loving, dedicated caretakers and dear friends. Laurie Baker, Shannon Sheldon and “What’s her name” Stephanie Martin. You were no doubt the daughters she never had.

She was preceded in death by her father Henry J. Frank, mother Mary K. Frank Foster, brother Wyburn L. Frank, 3 sons; Dwayne D Gregory, Randy W. Hicks and Carey E. Grummitt, nephew Bill Frank and step-father Earl Foster.

She is survived by her youngest son Kim L Grummitt; grandson Joshua Gregory; niece Carol Rose; and several cousins.

Services will be held at Viegut Funeral Home in Loveland, Colorado on Tuesday January 12, 2021 at 2:00pm. A reception will follow at the family home.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to The Aids Foundation c/o Viegut Funeral Home, 1616 N. Lincoln Ave. Loveland, CO 80538
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