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Sylvia Merrell



Sylvia Helen Merrell passed away Jan. 29, 2014, at the age of 96.

She was born in Timber, Ore., to Oscar Sylvester Shiffer and Rosa Mae Morris Shiffer on Sept. 23, 1917.

Sylvia was a long time resident of Tygh Valley, Ore., with her husband of over 45 years, Edwin R. (Dick) Merrell, who sadly preceded her in death on March 14, 2012.

Sylvia is survived by her sister Hazel Driver, son Bill Quinton, daughters Georgia Settle, Gayle Pimley and husband Steve, Pat Martin and husband Dale, step-sister Virginia Wells and husband Ron. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Again sadly two grandchildren preceded her in death, as did her sister Gladys Yohey, brother Raliegh Shiffer, step-sister Maravene White and nephew Tom White. Also, ex-husband Lyle Waddell and previous husband George Quinton, who tragically died in a work related accident in 1957.

Despite many sad times in her life, Sylvia always tried to look on the bright side of life. In the past some of her favorite activities were trips to the beach, antiquing, sewing, gardening, bowling and playing cards. However Sylvia was happiest, other than spending time with her husband, cooking for family and friends; she was an excellent cook.

Sylvia was a wonderful person. Dogs adored her as she did them. Her family and friends will miss her love, laughter, generosity and gentle ways.

A special thank-you goes out to Hospice of the Gorge and Steve Pimley’s sister Linda Pimley, a retired hospice nurse, for the extra aid and care given Sylvia, especially during her last days. Their help was invaluable.

A memorial for Sylvia will be held at a later date.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge or your favorite charity in lieu of donations to the family.


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