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Frances M. Merren, age 98, of Greenville, passed away Christmas morning, Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at her home under the loving care of her family and Spectrum Health Hospice. The daughter of Hugh & Lillian (Sass) Silverthorne, she was born on December 2, 1914 in Greenville.

On June 6, 1935, in Greenville, she married Milton B. Merren and together they raised nine children and enjoyed 45 years of marriage until his passing on January 9, 1981. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Hugh “Bud” Silverthorne and Robert Silverthorne; two sisters, Donna Krampe and Dorothy Williams; a daughter-in-law, Diane A. Merren; two sons-in-law, Cid Jasso and Lewis Barnes; two grandsons, Bernie Merren and Tom Keeler; a granddaughter, Kristina Anaka; a brother-in-law, Carl Ingersoll; and two sisters-in-law, Patricia Silverthorne and Virginia Silverthorne.

Surviving are her children, Milton B. “Bud” Merren, Jr. of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Joan & Dale Keeler, Terry & Evelyn Merren, all of Greenville, Marc & Colleen Merren of Belding, Margaret Barnes of Sheridan, Dave Merren of Saugatuck, Mike & Linda Merren, Carol Jasso, and Brian Merren, all of Greenville; over 100 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; two sisters; Virginia & Robert Lincoln, and Marjorie Ingersoll; and two brothers, Harry Silverthorne and Ethan Silverthorne, all of Greenville; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Burial will take place privately at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding. Instead of flowers, Frances would have appreciated contributions in her memory to Spectrum Health Hospice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To send a message of sympathy, sign Mrs. Merren’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Anonymous on December 25, 2012 at 12:00 am


    01/25/2013 –

    Bette Spaargaren

    To the Family of Frances: My deepest condolences to you all at the loss of Frances. A remarkable woman I’ve known for close to 30 years…she and I exchanging family information continuously. My husband and I got to meet her and Brian on one of our many “genealogy” trips. She was my Mother, Ruth Silverthorne’s, first cousin born a day apart! Frances has earned her rest with the Angels. Blessings to all of you. Bette

    12/31/2012 –

    margaret barnes

    love you with all my heart love margaret

    12/29/2012 –

    Sally Merren

    Sorry fou your loss. We will keep Frances and the family in our hearts and prayers.

    12/29/2012 –

    Brothers & Sisters

    We will miss you sis. You were one of a kind.

    12/28/2012 –

    Karen and Family

    Rest in Peace Love Always karen and kids

    12/28/2012 –

    Michelle Thompson

    Dear Great-Grandma,
    The Lord called you home to his Kingdom, now your with Great-Grandpa, in his Kingdom of Glory, where you are one of his Angles guarding over us! I will miss you, but I know your still with us!

    12/27/2012 –

    Gert Mazurek

    Mike & Linda, I am so sorry to read of your mothers passing. Such a long and full life she had with her many children, grandchildren. You are in my thoughts.

    12/26/2012 –

    Brian & Penny Simones

    Carol,Penny and I want you to know that we are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. If we can help in any way please let us know; we would love to be of assistance.

    12/26/2012 –


    Dear Grandma, You are in the arms of God now. He had blessed you so much here on earth, with a good family and a long life. You have received the wings that you so rightfully deserve. You will be missed by many, I know you are with Grandpa now.

    12/26/2012 –

    Marc Merren

    Dear Mom ,
    I pray for peace for you I love you and will miss you .
    God was good to you and blessed you with long life .
    You live on always in my heart and I know that you spent Christmas with dad and God .
    Love ,
    Marc Merren Sr

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