Merle Marie Perry Garrison


Merle Marie Perry Garrison, age 78 of Greenville, passed away at her home on Monday, April 4, 2016.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Donnell – Wiegand Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Helia Healthcare or the First Christian Church.

Merle Marie Jenner, the biological daughter of Ray and Buela Elkins and the adopted daughter of Marion and Mary Cochran Jenner, was born February 9, 1938 in McClure, Illinois. She grew up in Bond County and attended the one-room school on Shawnee Road. She married Terry Perry on March 9, 1957. They enjoyed 38 years together before his passing on June 2, 1995. Marie was a busy mother raising her 7 children at home. Marie did work at Hillview Nursing Home (Helia Healthcare) from 1976 until her retirement in 1996.

Marie and Steve Garrison were united in marriage on February 24, 2002. They have enjoyed playing cards together every night. Marie enjoyed camping, reading and spending time with the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived be her children: Jeanne (Clay) Butler of Pocahontas, IL, Cindy (Greg) Carter of Greenville, IL, Terry Perry of Vandalia, IL, Cheryl (Bill) Jones of Greenville, IL, Jerry (Kristy) Perry of Pocahontas, IL, Judy (Dave) Breiner of Pocahontas, IL and Rick (Kathy) Perry of Pocahontas, IL. Step-children: Jaclyn Becker (Matt) of Garrett, IN, Robert (Christina) Garrison of Seattle, WA., Joseph Garrison of Victorville, CA and James Garrison of Highland, IL.

Grandchildren: Andrew, Allan (Kristi), Austin, Angie, Dustin (Lori), Greg Jr., Calais, Allison, Jenna (Nick), Cheri (Rob), Billie Jo (Gary), Bradley (Cayla), Kacy, Derek, Dylan, Jacob, Steven and Terrah, step-grandchildren: Joseph, Alexander, Alissa, Jace, Matthew Jr., Dominic, Elizabeth, Chloe, Miranda, Donovan, Jaiden, Danica and Mariska, 14 great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren.

Marie is also survived by siblings: Joe (Ina) Jenner of Pocahontas, Bob (Loretta) Jenner of Pocahontas, Bob (Rose) Elkins of Texas, Loy (Corky) Elkins of Mississippi and Alvin (Rose) Elkins of Alton, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, step-granddaughter Suena Zitzner, sister Rosene Deal and sister Bonnie Odgen, Omma Perry, mother-in-law, is also deceased.

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