Mary Ellen Vejvoda

November 29th, 1921October 4th, 2017

Longtime Boulder, CO resident Mary Ellen Vejvoda, died Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in Boulder.

She was born Mary Ellen Smith on November 29, 1921 in Keystone SD, the daughter of Ralph A. and Ethel (Wedgwood) Smith.

Mary Ellen graduated from Custer, SD High School, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Mary Ellen served her country in WWII as a WAVE in the Navy. She was a Specialist “G” 3rd Class gunnery instructor.

On June 12, 1949, Mary Ellen was united in marriage to Edward Vejvoda in Custer, SD. The couple moved to Boulder in 1952, where they raised their three children. Mary Ellen was a substitute teacher in the Boulder school district for many years before she retired in 1980.

Mary Ellen was very involved in her children’s activities ranging from Campfire Girls, Job’s Daughters, to attending many baseball games.  She had a passion for square dancing, fishing and traveling.  She was a member of the Order of the Easter Star, and with Edward, were longtime members of the Mountain View Methodist Church in Boulder.

Preceding Mary Ellen in death were her parents, 2 brothers; Spencer and Roger Smith, a grandson Bryan Vejvoda, and son-in-law Benjamin Astley.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Edward, her children Mary Diane Astley, Karl Spencer Vejvoda and his wife Renée, and Gail Denise Cameron and her husband Bill.  Also surviving are her sister Evelyn Chard, 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

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There will be a visitation with the family on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette.

Funeral service will be on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 1:00 PM at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Boulder.

Burial will follow in Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder.








So sorry to hear of your wife, mother and grandmothers passing. I still live in Martin Park and am always reminded of what a wonderful community we grew up in and what a fun place to play with the other kids in the park. Take care, God Bless Ron Jones, one of the twins
My Sympathy to all. I know Mary Ellen and Ed thru square dancing with the Columbiners. They danced there and in Lyons with the Red Rock Ramblers for many years. I was sorry to see they had to quit dancing, which has been some years ago. Thjhey were always such a nice couple, so friendly and caring. We, in Lyons, are still square dancing, this summer will be our 60th Season. To let you know Mary Ellen and Ed brought a lot of joy to all square dancers of the area. With Sympathy. LaVern Johnson, Sponsor Red Rock Ramblers Summer Square Dance Club Box 9, Lyons, Colorado 80540 303 823 5925
In remembrance of a veteran who has answered her final roll call. Rest in peace, WAVE. Custer Post #46, American Legion South Dakota Department