Nina Searles Jackson Smith, formerly "Schmitz" and "Breedlove" both from McCook. Nina was born in Greeley, Colo., April 12, 1912, and passed away June 5, 2002, at the age of 90.
Nina is survived by her husband, Merlin Smith of McCook. In addition to a half-brother, Amsi J. Warren of Truth or Consequences, N.M., she is survived by her daughter, Rose JoAnn Nielsen of Seattle, Wash. and her son, Robert L. Schmitz of Northglenn, Colo. She is also survived by her stepdaughters, Connie Goracke (Breedlove) and Barbara Nethery (Breedlove). Nina was the proud grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Nina met Joseph A. Schmitz, and they were married in 1931. The Schmitz's lived and farmed southwest of McCook in School District 8, where they began raising their family. After Joe's death in 1948, she moved into town and worked in Dr. Langfeld's dental office for some time before she met and married Theodore "Ted" Breedlove in December 1949.
Ted and Nina owned and operated a local home improvement business known as Shadelite Manufacturing Co. The business relocated to Lincoln in 1954, and the name changed to Seal-Rite Manufacturing Co. After their interests in Seal-Rite were sold, they started a trading stamp business called Home Town Stamps. Several communities across Nebraska and Colorado enjoyed these trading stamp programs for several years.
Ted and Nina returned to McCook in 1959, building a new home east of town. During the ensuing years, they ran HTS, Inc. manufacturing restaurant filtering equipment and raising turkeys on the small farm east of town.
After Ted's death she met Merlin Smith and they were married in 1979, adding to her extended family, three step-children, Paula Osborne, Allison Fults and Susan Ridgeway; and an additional nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two step-children, Sydney Titman and Steven Smith. During their life, Merlin and Nina enjoyed traveling, journeying to far off places in Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and across this great nation.
Throughout her life with Ted and Merlin, she was an active member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church where she served as the church treasurer for 18 years, and then she and Merlin served an additional 12 years in that position. She will always be remembered by many, for her beautifully decorated cakes, which she prepared for birthdays and special occasions.
Funeral services will be Monday, 10 a.m., at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in McCook with the Rev. Sam R. Williams officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at McCook.
Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, and Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook.
Memorials may be given in her name to Heritage Senior Center of McCook.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.