EUGENE, Ore. - A memorial service will be held on Oct. 11 for Amedee Mellier Smith, Sr., 82, who died Sept. 25, 2002 of age-related causes. He was the grandson of one of the original members of the Ocean Park founders.

Mr. Smith was born April 10, 1920 in Salt Lake City to Harold and Mary Louise (Emmons) Smith. He married Audrey Fehler in Salem, Ore., in 1942. She died in December of 2001.

He lived in Seattle and Portland before moving to Eugene 57 years ago. During summers he spent in Ocean Park, he worked in the oysters beds.

He graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland and attended Willamette University in Salem, Ore., for two years. He then enlisted in the Army and served as a sergeant in the Italian Alps with the 10th mountain division. When the war ended, he entered the University of Oregon and received a bachelor's degree.

Mr. Smith worked at Chase Flowers and Gifts and then purchased the business in 1954. He was a member of the Eugene Rotary Club and First Congregational Church, a founder of a highway cleanup program and a participant in the Eugene Public Schools Mentoring Program. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, theater, coastal beaches, traveling and reading.

Survivors include two daughters, Sidney Scott of Monterey, Calif., and Stacie Smith of Yachats, Ore.; a son Amedee Jr. of Eugene, Ore.; two sisters, Mary Lou Simonelli of Ocean Park, and Virginia Keeler of Portland; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The Oct. 11 service will be at 2 p.m. at First Congregational Church in Eugene. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eugene Rotary Club or First Congregational Church's Good Samaritan's Fund. Musgrove Family Mortuary in Eugene is in charge of arrangements.

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