Velma Linnea SmerdonVelma Linnea Smerdon, 88, of Fallon, Nev., formerly of Esko, Minn., passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Velma was born Sept. 12, 1924, in Middle River, Minn., one of 11 children to Victor and Fanny Maki. Her family moved to a dairy farm in Esko, Minn., when she was 2 1/2 years old. Velma graduated from Esko High School in 1942 where she was involved in music, writing and was an editor of the school paper and yearbook. She married William Carl Smerdon of Duluth, Minn., in 1946, and they were together for 43 years until he passed away in 1989. They lived in Minnesota for 40 years and, after retirement, moved to Grants Pass, Ore., in 1986 to be closer to their children. In 2006 she moved to Fallon, Nev., to be closer to her daughter. She then became a member of the Oasis Community Church and Bible Study.