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In Memory of Marvel Merriam


February 26, 1925 - January 11, 2019

Marvel L. Merriam, age 93, a lifelong resident of Webster, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Spooner Health.

Marvel was born on February 26, 1925 to parents, Frank and Margaret (Janssen) Stone.  She attended Orange School and graduated from Webster High School in 1943. 

Marvel was bookkeeper for the Burnett County Highway Department from 1964-1987.  Marvel enjoyed traveling, crocheting, playing the piano, bird watching and tending to her gardens.  Most treasured was time spent with her family, as a devoted mother and grandmother.  She grew up on Devil’s Lake where her family ran a resort.  She was happy to return to the lake and spend the past 40 years at her home there.  She enjoyed many sunsets and the endless memories made at the lake with her family.  At age 93, she still climbed the stairs to the lake to enjoy pontoon rides.  Marvel was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Austin Merriam; and brothers, Norman and Wallace Stone.

She will be sadly missed by her children: Gary (Billie) Gravesen, Dennis (Carol) Gravesen, and Julie (Mark) Freeborn; sister-in-law:  Helen Gravesen;  grandchildren: Greg  Gravesen, Dana Gravesen, Melissa Gravesen, Dan Gravesen, Kalie Townsend, Stacie Wright, Lindsie Thompson and Brad Freeborn; great grandchildren: Nathan, Alicia, Madden, Casey, Cory, Luke, Evan, Kendall, Brooklyn, and Cameryn; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and dear friends.

The Visitation for Marvel will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 6-8 PM at the Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster.  The Funeral Service will be Friday, January 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM (visitation 10-11 AM) at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Webster with Pastor Jody Walter officiating.  Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.  Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers are her nephew and grandchildren. 

Memorials preferred to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church or the American Diabetes Association.  Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Webster.  Online condolences can be made at www.swedberg-taylor.com


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