Earlene Johnson Merrick 92, went to be with our Lord on December 23,2020, in Wheaton, Illinois. Born October 14,1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Earl and Bentha Johnson.
She was beloved wife to Ervin Merrick for 56 years, who predeceased her in 2005.
Survived by her children, Robert (Kay) Merrick, Lynn (Tom) Vogelsinger,
Pam (John) Osgood, and Bill (Anna) Merrick. Her fourth child Barbara, predeceased her in 2003. She was Grandmother to 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, and had one older sister Rosalind, who predeceased her in 1979.
She attended Culver Stockton College, in Canton, Missouri, for her first two years and was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. While attending college, she met Ervin and married a year later in 1949. They settled in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where they raised their five children.
She was an active volunteer while raising her children, serving as PTA President, Girl Scout Leader, Youth Center President, Sunday school teacher and Stephen Ministry through the First Congregational Church.
Earlene was also a member in PEO for over 50 years, and served as President for a 2-year term, in her mid- thirties. She continued to serve in almost every office during her membership.
In 1970, with her two older children in college and three children at home, she went back to college and received her teaching degree from Elmhurst College in May of 1974. This was two weeks before Lynn, her eldest daughter, graduated with a degree in Education. She then entered the world of working Mom as Bill, the youngest, was just starting 2nd grade. She had a wonderful career for 20 years, teaching 1st graders and mainly kindergarteners.
During retirement, Earlene enjoyed traveling to Elderhostel’s across the United States with Erv, enriching her love of history. She became an active member of the Glen Ellyn Historical Society where she volunteered as a docent, leading school children’s field trips through Stacey’s Tavern. In addition, she was a docent at the historical Graue Mill and Museum, educating school groups who visited the mill.
One of her favorite hobbies throughout her life was sewing, which she shared with others.
She taught her daughters as well as their friends how to sew, with patience and kindness. Many went on to become outstanding seamstress’ in their own right.
Earlene’s kindness and compassion will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Love Lives on
Those we love are never really lost to us, we feel them in so many special ways….
Through friends they always cared about and dreams they left behind.
In beauty that they added to our days…. In words of wisdom we still carry with us….
And memories that never will be gone.
Those we love are never really lost to us….
For everywhere their special love lives on!
Donations may be made in her memory to the Glen Ellyn Historical Society.
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