Merillat, Viola

Viola Merillat, 86, of rural Waldron, Mich., died Nov. 15, 2017, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, following a brief period of ailing health.

Born Feb. 19, 1931, in Bad Axe, Mich., she was the daughter of the late William W. and Clara P. (Johnston) Harrison.

Vi grew up in Waldron and attended Waldron Schools. She married Albert Merillat, Jr., on Aug. 2, 1952, in Angola, Ind., and he preceded her in death Feb. 22, 1978.

She served her family as a loving homemaker and mother, and always cherished her time with her family. In later years, she enjoyed knitting and dancing.

She is survived by a companion of many years, Joseph McKinney; three daughters, Debra Cramer of Oliver Springs, Tenn., Laura Langenderfer of Bryan, Ohio, and Kimberly (and Roger) Kessler of Fayette, Ohio; three sons, Bryan (and Venus) Merillat, John (and Cindy) Merillat, and Jeff Merillat, all of Fayette; a sister, Dorotha Akans of Brownstown, Mich.; two brothers, Hilton Harrison of Ariz., and Richard Harrison of Bryan; 18 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter.

 In addition to her parents and husband, Vi was preceded in death by a son, Albert Merillat, III; two sisters, Mellissa Pleat and Gertrude Powell; a brother, R. B. Harrison; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette, with Pastor Andrea Curry officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Memorial donations are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.