Murl L. SmithMurl L. Smith, 97, Breckenridge, MN died on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the St. Francis Healthcare Campus, Breckenridge, MN.
Murl LaVerne Smith was born on May 9, 1915 in Aneta, North Dakota to Carl and Mabel (Saxrud) Fodness. She attended local schools and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1936 with a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education. She taught at Ellendale Industrial School, Ellendale, ND for 5 years. She went on to do further graduate work at the University of Southern California. Murl entered the United States Army Corp (WAC) on July 9, 1942. She attained the rank of Captain and served as Company Commander at Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., Company Commander at Eglin Air Field, Florida and Administrative Aide to General Curtis in England and France. While serving in England, Murl met her future husband, Bryce B. Smith who came to General Curtis's office to interview. On March 8, 1945 they were married in St. Germaine, Paris, France. After the war the couple lived in Atlanta, GA for a time before moving to Jamestown, ND where Bryce worked with an auto dealership. In 1960 they moved to Wahpeton, North Dakota and founded the Smith Motors Dealership; previously the Jack Reed Chevrolet Co. Bryce passed away August 21, 1999; Murl continued to live in the Wahpeton-Breckenridge communities.