May 29, 1925 – Oct. 11, 2012
Our dear mom, grandma, and greatgrandma died on October 11, 2012 in Chilliwack General Hospital. She was 87. Merle was predeceased by Donald, her husband of 54 years, in 1998, her sister Eileen and her toddler brother George. She will be lovingly remembered and missed by her 3 children Karen (Barry) Kerfoot of Vancouver, Alan (Susan) DeLong of Hope, & Joanne (Don) Clevett of Edmonton; grandchildren Jennifer (David) Ham, Timothy (Daniela) Howell, Rachel (George) Freitag, Danielle (Chris) Jarman, and Rhodri Howell; 5 great-grandchildren Paul & Lochlann Freitag, Nicholas Jarman, Julia Ham, and Aidan Howell; brotherin- law Doug (Muriel) De- Long and sisters-in-law Joan (Landon) DeLong and Doris (Don) Campbell, and by many nieces and nephews. Born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba to Percy and Olive Titchener, Merle there met and married Donald in 1944; by 1946 they were happily settled with their first-born in Chilliwack, their home until the end. Merle’s love of family sustained her, as did her lifelong involvement with the Rebekahs, passions such as travelling, outings, knitting, and bingo, and cheering on her Vancouver Canucks and BC Lions. A Celebration of Merle’s life will be held at 2 pm on Friday, November 9th, at the IOOF (Odd Fellows) Hall, 46008 Reece Avenue East, Chilliwack. Donations to Canuck Place Hospice, www. canuckplace.org, would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers.