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Marlene Merriman

Sep 24, 1936 - Apr 18, 2023

Service

Friday, April 28, 2023
2:00 pm
A celebration of life will be held for Marlene on April 28, 2023, at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Eckville, Alberta at 2:00 pm.

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If so desired, donations can be made in Marlene’s honor to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Eckville or The Lending Cupboard in Red Deer.

Obituary

Marlene Helen Merriman (nee Guenther)
September 24, 1936 - April 18, 2023

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Marlene Helen Merriman.
Marlene was born September 24, 1936, at Ditton Park, Saskatchewan and passed away peacefully April 18, 2023 with family at her side near Sylvan Lake, Alberta.

When Marlene was about 3 years old her family moved to a farm near Maple Creek, Saskatchewan where Marlene rode her horse to school at the nearby Merry Flats School. After enduring 3 years of drought in southwest Saskatchewan the family packed up and moved to Alhambra, Alberta to start a new homestead. Marlene was always involved in the farm; feeding chickens and milking cows were some of her chores. A little later Marlene ended up working at the Eckville hospital. She enjoyed going to local rodeos and dances and Benalto was one of her favorite hangouts as a young person. As it turns out, this is where she met her husband James Bews Merriman. The romance quickly blossomed, and they were married on August 12, 1960. Marlene then moved to the farm near Eckville, Alberta where they raised three children, Loree, Jim, and Mary.

Marlene is survived by her children Loree McLeod (Ian), Jim Merriman (Maurica) and Mary Busch (Darcy) along with her 8 grandchildren Melissa Erickson (Chris), Jeffrey McLeod (Larissa), Rebecca Parnham (Carl), Olivia Bottomley (Jay), Gina-Mae Kodak (John), Abbey Busch, Allie Busch and fiancé, Kyle Rogers, and Amy Busch and fiancé, Kyle Bell. She also survived by 8 great-grandchildren, Wade and Logan Erickson, Declan McLeod, Leo and Rue Bottomley, Milo and Quincy Parnham and Amelia Kodak. She is also survived by her brother Howard Guenther (Hanna) of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan.

Marlene was predeceased by her parents, Hertha and George, sisters, Joyce and Shirley, brother, Norman and husband, Jim.

A celebration of life will be held for Marlene on April 28, 2023, at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Eckville, Alberta at 2:00 pm.

If so desired, donations can be made in Marlene’s honor to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Eckville or The Lending Cupboard in Red Deer.

Sylvan Lake and Rocky Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 887 2151
Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.

Condolences

Pearl Johnson:

My heart hurts for your loss. Marlene was a wonderful woman and I always felt welcome. Loree, Jim and Mary, my deepest condolences.
May our moms continue to watch over us.

Barbara Richards :

On behalf of all of us, your extended family in Wales, we send our love to you all at this sad time. Marlene was such a special lovely lady, and she meant so much to 'Red' and Vera. Their many reunions were so special. The respect dad had for 'Dad' Jim was so moving. Hold onto all the lovely memories as we are going to do.

Darleen Mackenzie:

We send our deepest sympathy and Condolences to all of you in the passing of your Mom, Gramma, and Great Gramma. Her friendship goes back a long way with me ,when I was just a little girl her parents and mine (Greenwood) were good friends and exchanged many Sunday meals ,and my sister Evelyn and I were in the 4H beef club with Marlene.
She was a great lady.
Bill & Darleen MacKenzie

Laverne & Charlene McMann:

We will sadly miss our longtime neighbor. An independent, happy lady who yearly stopped by canvassing for cancer. Enjoying her stops, we asked her to visit more often. Listening to her stories and hearing that high pitched giggle she had.
She loved driving, being on the road with a wave, running her dog or heading somewhere to visit her family and friends.
When home, so welcoming, always time for tea and a chat with a homemade cookie.
We will cherish and remember those times.

cathy rolfsen:

So sorry for your loss. Regardless of how old a parent is , to lose them is devastating.

Karen Andrew:

Marlene’s passing has left a hole in our community. Always ready to offer her time as well as gifts from her kitchen to benefit her church, her friends, family and community. She will surely be missed for the independent , kind, gentle soul that she was.

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