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Elsie Merrill

WALNUT — Elsie A. Merrill, 94, of Walnut, formerly of Ohio, Ill., died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Walnut Manor Nursing Home in Walnut.

Elsie was born March 7, 1920, in Prophetstown, the daughter of Ralph and Dora (Lawrence) Wildman. She was united in marriage to Earl D. Merrill on Sept. 16, 1939, in Prophetstown. He preceded her in death on Nov. 20, 2009.

Elsie helped on the farm and was a homemaker. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Ohio and her grandchildren were her main focus in her life.

She is survived by her two sons, David Merrill of Dale, Texas, and Dan (Carol) Merrill of Ohio, Ill.; four grandchildren, Janet (Scott) Johnson of Ohio, Ill., Penny (Bill) Benson of Machesney Park, Cindy (Bill) Wolf of Princeton and Scott (Ana) Merrill of Somonauk; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters and one brother.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Cremation rites will be accorded after visitation. Private graveside services will be held Saturday, April 26, in the Limerick Cemetery in Kasbeer with the Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of the Walnut United Methodist Church, officiating.

A memorial has been established in her memory.

Condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

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