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. She was a member of United Methodist Church of Ohio. 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; four grandchildren, Janet (Scott) Johnson of Ohio, 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 also was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and one brother.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Cremation rites will be accorded after the visitation. Private graveside service will be April 26 at Limerick Cemetery in Kasbeer, with the Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor of Walnut United Methodist Church, officiating.
A memorial has been established.
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