Winchester Press – obit – Ella Mae Merkley

Ella Mae Merkley

Ella Merkley (nee Casselman), a lifetime arearesident, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospitalon Tues., April 1, 2008, following a brief illness. She was 91.
Ella was born in Matilda Township on Nov., 18, 1916 to Nathanand Eva Casselman (nee McMillan). When she was a young child thefamily moved to a farm west of Dunbar where she was raised alongwith her sister, Helen, and brothers, Hubert and Ray.
In March of 1934 she married Erwin Merkley in Williamsburg andtogether they had a daughter Betty. Ella worked alongside Erwinon the farm in addition to completing all of her household chores.
She will be remembered as a strong, hard-working, and independentwoman who loved to play cards and socialize with family and friends.She always had a kind word and a smile, and she was always willingto help anyone in need. She was a faithful member of TrinityUnited Church in Chesterville, and she was an active member ofthe U.C.W.
She will be deeply missed by her brothers Hubert Casselman ofChesterville, and Ray (Helen) Casselman of Williamsburg, her son-in-lawRon Campbell of Edwards, and her grandchildren Tara and BrentCampbell. She was predeceased by her husband Erwin Merkley, herdaughter Betty Campbell, and her sister Helen Froats. She is alsosurvived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon Fri., April 4. The service was held at the funeral home onSat., April 5 with Rev. Wendy Wright-MacKenzie officiating, followedby interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearerswere David Froats, Earl Casselman, Brian Casselman, Barry Feeley,Neil Beckstead, and Brent Campbell.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefullyacknowledged by the family.