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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Merrilynn (Smith) Fickell

Merrilynn Smith Fickell
Merrilynn Smith Fickell

Merrilynn (Smith) Fickell, age 78 passed away at home surrounded by family in Ocala, Florida on May 17, 2022. Lynn as she liked to be called was born in Vero Beach, Florida on a Naval Base in January of 1944.

She is predeceased by her parents Hilton M Smith and Barbara (Burlew) Smith and her sister Donna Smith. Lynn is survived by her husband Robert P Fickell Jr. (Bob), sister, Tracy J. (Smith) Renke and her husband Bob, her three kids, Barbara J (Fickell) Kinsey and husband Jon, Robert P Fickell III and wife Brenda and Jeffrey H Fickell. Lynn had 6 grandchildren who she enjoyed, Katherine, Chase, Tyler, Jack, Rachel, and Nick. Several Cousins, Nieces and Nephews rounded out her beautiful life.

Lynn was a graduate of Upper Arlington High School in 1962 and attended The Ohio State University for 2 years when she moved with her husband Bob to Bay Village in the Cleveland area. She attended Lorain County Community College while in Bay Village and received her Associates degree in Nursing. She started her Nursing career at the Cleveland Clinic. After a few years in the Cleveland area, Lynn and Bob returned to Upper Arlington where she had a career as an RN working in the neonatal intensive care unit at The Ohio State Medical Center where she eventually retired after 25 years of service. Upon retirement, Bob and Lynn ventured down to Ocala Florida where she continued to work part time in the newborn nursery at Munroe Regional Medical Center until 2011.

Lynn enjoyed reading, playing games & cards with family and bowling on a team for a few years with co-workers. Also she spent time volunteering at The Columbus Zoo as a docent where she loved hanging out with the penguins and was quick to answer questions about them. Lynn loved her friends over the years and enjoyed the many adventures they had together including a white water rafting trip, cruises and vacations up to Crystal Lake in northern Michigan. Her spirit will remain strong among all of us who knew her
and she will always be in our memory.