2012-05-31 / Obituaries

Marion ‘Molly’ Merrill

Marion (Molly) Homer Merrill, a long-time Mariposa resident, passed away peacefully

May 18, after a year at the

Ewing Wing of the John C. Fremont Hospital, at the age of 96.

The son of Roy O. and Ruby E. Merrill, he was born in Ai, Ohio. He moved to Mariposa County with his parents and brother, Deane, in 1927, at age 11. And with the exception of service during World War II, he lived there the rest of his life.

Marion graduated from Mariposa County High School in 1934. In 1940, he married Adeline Lewis. He worked for his parents who owned the Owl Creek Sawmill in Jerseydale driving trucks.

In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, seeing service in the Northern Solomon Islands and the Philippines as part of the 145th Infantry. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

After the war, Marion returned to work again with his parents. When the sawmill burned down in 1948, Molly continued to drive logging trucks with his brother and later drove for other employers.

Marion was a lifetime member of the Mariposa VFW Post 642. He had a passion for reading, cutting wood and was known for his large garden which he maintained into his 90s.

Marion was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and his wife Addie who passed away in 2006, soon after their 66th wedding anniversary. They have two children, Marvin Merrill (wife Doni) and Susan Crandall (husband Andy) all living in Mariposa. Marion is also survived by six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at the Mariposa United Methodist Church, Saturday, July, 7 at 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mariposa Senior Center, 5246 Spriggs Lane, Mariposa 95338; Friends of the Mariposa Library, P.O. Box 1902, Mariposa 95338; or charity of the donor’s choice.

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