Joan Smith Meric

Joan Smith Meric, of Tellico Village, beloved wife of Albert L. Meric Jr., with whom she celebrated 67 years of marriage June 6, died June 27, 2019.

Born Nov. 28, 1931, in New Orleans, La., she was the daughter of the late Sylvia and Joseph Thompson Smith. She attended the College of William & Mary and Newcomb College of Tulane University, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University, where she was elected to Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society in education. She taught in the public elementary schools of Jefferson Parish, La., before moving to Fairfield, Conn., in 1969. She was a resident of Fairfield for more than 34 years, where she taught at Mill Hill and Timothy Dwight schools. She received her Master of Arts degree from Fairfield University in 1976.

She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Lenoir City.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Meric is survived by a daughter, Linda Meric and her husband, Chuck Walker of Westminster, Colo.; a son, Dr. Albert Louis Meric III and his wife, Dr. Janel Meric, of Tabuco Canyon, Calif.; a daughter, Dr. Susan Meric Taylor and her husband, Garry Taylor, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; a daughter, Sally Meric Coad and her husband, Warren Coad, of Philadelphia; four grandchildren, Brian Gregg, Steven and Kevin Gault and Kelly Nicole Meric; and six great-grandchildren.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. July 2 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Center, 199 N. A St., Lenoir City, TN 37771.

Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, was in charge of arrangements. www.clickfuneralhome.com