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Merilyn Jeanette Russell, age 82, of Greenville, went to be with her Savior early Thursday morning, November 12, 2015 from Metron of Greenville.  The daughter of Herbert W. & Jeanette M. (Green) House, she was born on September 16, 1933 in Greenville.
For many years, Merilyn was a member of Oakfield Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher.
She was preceded in death by her parents;  her husband, Henry Fred Russell;  a son, Martin Russell;  a brother, James House;  and a sister-in-law, Linda House.
Surviving are her daughters and two sons-in-law, Gwen & Steven Spry, and Debbie & Roger May, all of Belding;  a daughter-in-law, Debbie Russell-Schultz and her husband, Donald Schultz, of Gowen;  two sisters, Pat & Dave Hansen of Cedar Springs, and Sharon & Mike Bowler of Lansing;  nine grandchildren;  twelve great-grandchildren;  her good friend, Emma Jean Coles, at Metron of Greenville;  and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services are at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Calvary Baptist Church, 12501 Montcalm Avenue N.E., Greenville, with the Rev. Dan Mead and the Rev. Dan Maguire, Sr. officiating.  A luncheon will follow the service and burial will take place privately at White Swan Cemetery in Oakfield Township.
Instead of flowers, Merilyn would have appreciated contributions in her memory to the Patient Activities Fund at Metron of Greenville for arts and crafts.  Envelopes will be available at the church.
Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Merilyn's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.  



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  1. Janet Nettler on November 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

    My heart goes out to the family.

  2. Mike and Sharon Bowler on November 18, 2015 at 12:00 am

  3. Mike and Sharon Bowler on November 18, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Our sister and sister-in-law Merilyn, you were very special to many friends at Metron for the past 10 years. They could not say enough about how much they loved you. We know you are now resting in peace and with all your family members in heaven. May God bless your journey until we meet again. :-)

  4. Debbie Russell Schultz Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren on November 19, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Ma Russell and Grandma. You were such a big part of our lives we love you dearly. You showed your love to us in so many ways. We know your having s blast in heaven and look forward to the day we see you again. Your always in our hearts.

  5. Sue Dickson on November 20, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Dear family of Merilyn,
    I play the piano for lunch on Wednesdays at Metron. Merilyn was such a joy. She knew all the songs–hymns and oldies. One of her favorites was “There is Something About that name.” When I missed her in the dining room, I would sometimes go to her room and have prayed with her at times. She was a very special, lovely woman who loved her Lord. I shall miss her. Sue Dickson

  6. Ernie Coles and Karen Ramos on November 20, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Hello – my brother and I are the nephew and niece of Emma Jean Coles. We are so sorry for your loss. We cannot express enough how much Merilyn meant to our Aunt, but to us as well. We loved and adored Merilyn. We also appreciated her more than we can say. Merilyn was a wonderful influence on our Aunt, and my brother and I didn’t have to worry about Aunt Jean because we knew Merilyn was there to watch out for her. I hope that Merilyn knew how much we appreciated her. She was such a joy when we would visit. We are truly sorry and wanted to tell you how much we adored and appreciated all that she did for your Aunt. God bless you all.

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