Sylvia Merrell passed away on 1/29/14; age 96. She was born on 9/23/17 to Oscar Sylvester Shiffer and Rosa Mae Shiffer. Sylvia was a long time resident of Tygh Valley, OR with her husband of over 45 years; Edwin R. (Dick) Merrell, who sadly preceded her in death on 3/14/2012.
Surviving Sylvia are her sister Hazel Driver, son Bill Quinton, daughters Georgia Settle, Gayle Pimley and husband Steve, Pat Martin and husband Dale and step-daughter Virginia Wells and husband Ron. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Again sadly 2 grandchildren preceded her in death, as did her sister Gladys Yohey, brother Raleigh Shiffer, stepsister Maravene White, nephew Tom White, parents Oscar and Rosa, stepmother Leona. Also ex-husband Lyle Waddell and previous husband George Quinton, who tragically died in a work related accident in 1957, preceded her.
Despite many sad times in her life, Sylvia always tried to look on the bright side. In the past some of her favorite pastimes were trips to the beach, antiquing, sewing, gardening, bowling and playing cards. However, she was happiest in her kitchen 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 to Hospice of the Gorge and Steve Pimley’s sister Linda Pimley, a retired Hospice nurse, for the extra aid and care in her last days. Their help was invaluable.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge or your favorite charity in lieu of flowers and donations to the family.
A memorial will take place at a later date.
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