Elizabeth Tucker Merner

My grandmother died late sunday night in Roseburg Oregon. It was great to be able to be there with all of my family, but it was really sad as well. Hannah wrote a very touching story to be read at the funeral service. I cried and laughed a lot this weekend. Here’s her obit:

Elizabeth Tucker Merner

(91) died, surrounded by loved ones, at a local care center on Sunday, June 10, 2007, after a long and difficult struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on November 17, 1915, in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she graduated from Macalester College in 1937. She met her husband, Jack Merner, in New Haven, Connecticut, where they both attended Yale Divinity School. He served as pastor and she as his helpmate in Seattle, Washington; Eugene, Oregon; Madison, Wisconsin; River Falls, Wisconsin; Portland, Oregon; and Roseburg, Oregon. Betty, as she was known to friends and family, served as director of Christian Education and Sunday School Superintendent in several churches, and she developed and wrote Christian Education curriculum for the United Church of Christ. She was a 70-year member of the PEO Sisterhood. She worked for the Portland Public Schools for ten years until her retirement in 1975. She is survived by her husband, Jack Merner; by daughters, Leslie Duke of Noblesville, Indiana; and Sarah Merner of Seattle, Washington; by her sister, Phyllis Jahnke and many nieces and nephews, and by her grandchildren, Nathan, Eli and Hannah Duke and Gavin, Andrew and Fiona McKibben. Services will be held at the Roseburg Presbyterian Church on Thursday, June 14, 2007, at 3:30 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Roseburg Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or the PEO Sisterhood.

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