Nellie (Stites) Merillat, 89, of Archbold, Ohio, died Nov. 1, 2019, at Bryan Hospital.
Nellie was born March 2, 1930, to Robert and Alice (Kuhn) Stites. She married Ray James Merillat on Jan. 17, 1947. She and Ray resided in rural Fayette all their married life where they raised their five children. Nellie showed her love and support for her children and youths in the area by serving as 4-H advisor for 20 years and helping start the Fayette Pancake Sausage Supper.
Working the family garden, caring for the animals, sewing for her children and later working at McCords in Wauseon, Nellie, along with her husband, set a quiet example of the satisfaction and importance of hard work. While at McCords, she was active in the UAW, helping co-workers whom she considered family, and she continued this support in retirement.
She took pride in volunteering on election day as a precinct official in Fulton County for many years. She lived out her faith as a longtime member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Archbold where she was active in the Rosary Altar Society. Nellie was an avid sports fan keeping up with multiple sports, teams and players. Family was always a priority and a treasure to Nellie. Over the years, she enjoyed family reunions and get-togethers, attending her grandchildren’s many activities, and always welcomed a visit with a cup of coffee and a card game. She was a woman of strong convictions, of fierce love, and of unwavering support.
Nellie is survived by her children Mary Ellen (and John) Colegrove, Jane Merillat, Helen Rashley, and Rick (and Deb) Merillat; daughter-in-law Joyce Merillat; siblings Mary Grime, Evelyn Moore and June Wanless, 13 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers; six sisters; son Edd Merillat; son-in-law Jeff Rashley; and great-grandson Miller Merillat.
Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Short Funeral Home in Archbold. A Rosary service will begin at 7:30. A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Archbold, with Father Stephen Stanbery officiating. A private Rite of Committal and burial will follow at Smith’s Cemetery. A celebration of life luncheon will follow at the church.
Memorial donations are suggested to Archbold EMS.