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Merrivale O. Herbert, 95, of Rockford, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017. She was born February 19, 1922, in Rensselaer, IN, the daughter of Horace M. and Myrtle I. (Woolard) Owens. Rockford resident since 1930. Merrivale was a graduate from Rockford High School in 1940. She married Raymond M. Herbert on August 30, 1942. He predeceased her on February 6, 2003. Merrivale was a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church where she also served with the Women of Bethany and Bible study fellowship. She was also a member of YMCA Women and the Wesley Willows Auxiliary.
Marrivale is survived by her daughter, Claudia Diane (Herbert) Ringo of Littleton, CO; sons, John Craig (Kristie) Herbert of Plainfield, IN and Peter Martin (Mary Kay) Herbert of St. Charles, IL; seven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Also predeceased by her daughter, Kathryn Marie (Herbert) Brackney; sisters, Thelma Mae Mansfield, Marian Treadway and Vivian Gifford; and brothers, Beryl Carter Owens and Claude Foster Owens.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5403 N. Second St., Loves Park, IL 61111, with Reverend Dave Aldridge officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Private burial in Willwood Burial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bethany Presbyterian Church or Grace United Methodist Church, 3555 McFarland Rd., Rockford, IL 61114 .

Condolences & Shared Memories (3)

  1. Kathy Buscemi Bowerman

    So hard to lose the last parent. Thinking of you dear friend, with love and prayers. Kathy Buscemi Bowerman

  2. Sue Spitzer

    Merrivale was a kind and gracious woman and friend. I had gotten to know her at Wesley Willows several years ago when we worked on the ice cream social together. This last several months while she lived in the nursing care, I would take her to and from the beauty shop, as a volunteer, visiting with her and making sure she was comfortable. Such a kind lady always thinking of others first.

  3. Wendy Weaver Scott

    Dearest Aunt Merri: All of us cousins were so lucky to be raised by the four Owens girls...all good family oriented women. In good times & troubled times, you all came together to help each other's families. You gave all of us cousins the basics for our adult life journey. Godspeed on your journey home now. Love always, Wendy


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