The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday June 30, 1939
Page 1 column 8
Shelbyville Man Succumbs
After Having Undergone Operation
          After having undergone an abdominal operation, Una E. Merrick, 52 years old, of 610 South Pike Street, died at 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the Major Hospital, where he had been a patient for the last four weeks.
          Mr. Merrick was born June 28, 1886, in Macon, Missouri, a son of  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Merrick.  He came to Shelby county with his parents when he was a boy.  The family resided in Marion township for a few years and then moved to Fairland, remaining there for 15 years, after which time Mr. Merrick came to Shelbyville.  He had been a paperhanger for many years.
          He was married to  Minerva Jayne Jonas, of Shelby county, who preceded him in death in 1929.  Three daughters and four sons survive.  The daughters are  Mrs. John Swope,  Helen,  Dorothy  and  Harriet Merrick  of Shelbyville, and the sons are  Harold, of Shelbyville, Maurice, now serving with the U.S. Navy in China, and  Walter, of Sacramento, California.
          The funeral services will be conducted in the Loren H. Murphy funeral home at 2:00 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  Burial will be in the Brandywine cemetery.  Friends may call at the Murphy funeral home at any time.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for RuthAnn Martin-Mortin

Indianapolis, Marion Co, IN
circa 1930
          Helen Gertrude Merrick  was born on November 15th, 1900 in Shelbyville, Indiana, the daughter of  Walter O. and  Augusta Taylor.  She came to Indianapolis at an early age with her parents, and most of her school days were spent here.  At the age of twelve she gave her heart to Jesus, and united with the Olive Branch Christian Church, and it was here she learned as well as taught the truths set out by her Master.  She possessed an unusual talent for piano playing, and she gave eely of this talent to her church, and she used her voice in the local church choir to proclaim her love for her Christ.
          On June 28th, 1922 she was united in marriage to  Glenn S. Merrick  and to this union two children were born,  Robert Stanley  who died in infancy and  Dick  who is now four years old.
          To her many friends and relatives Helen was a true soldier of life, facing difficulties and sorrows with a genuine smile and always an attitude of good cheer.  She was staunch in her ideals, never losing sight of her goal to be a true Christian and she did not hesitate to work a kind deed or speak a pleasant word where it was needed.
          It is not strange that Helen should have finished her work on earth at the early age of thirty years, neither is it strange that God should decide that the beautiful rose bud should wither and die at the very moment of its expanding beauty, after it has given the world of its fragrance and a glimpse of its beauty for a fleeting moment.  He had need of both to complete a beautiful bouquet for Himself.
I cannot say, and I will not say that she is dead ---
                    she is just away.
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand, she has
                    wandered into an unknown land.
And left us dreaming.  How very fair it needs must be
                    since she lingers there.
And you --- O you, who the wildest yearn for the old time
                    step and the glad return
Think of her faring on, as dear in the love of There as
                    the love of Here.
Mild and gentle, as she was brave, when the sweetest
                    love of her life she gave
To Glenn and Dick.  Where the voilets[sic] grew blue as the
                    eyes they were likened to,
The touch of her hand has strayed as reverently as her
                    lips have prayed
When the little brown thrush that harshly chirred was
                    dear to her as the mocking-bird.
And she pitied as much as a man in pain, a writhing honey
                    bee wet with rain.
Think of her still as the same, I say. --- She is not dead ---
                    she is just away.
          Those left to mourn her departure are --- her husband, and little son, her mother, and a score of friends and relatives.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming,
from the collection of Dorothy Barnard Hutchison, Helen's first cousin.

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday May 10, 1929
Page 8 column 2
Mrs. Minerva Merrick, Age 46, Tuberculosis Victim, Ill Eighteen Months
          Mrs. Minerva Merrick, 46 years old, wife of  *William [Una E.] Merrick, succumbed at 11:45 o'clock last night at her home, 29 Haymond street, a victim of tuberculosis from which she had suffered for about eighteen months.
          Mrs. Merrick was the daughter of  Jacob  and  Anna Jonas, and was born in Brandywine township, this county, February 23, 1883, one of a family of seven children.  Her marriage to Mr. Merrick took place December 25, 1907.
          She leaves seven children, all at home, besides the husband and her mother, whose home is in Fairland. Two sisters and three brothers also survive.  They are;  Mrs. Leroy Skillman  of Fairland;  Mrs. Daniel WellsJohn Jonas  of Clark county, Thomas Jonas  of Fairland, and  Shirley Jonas  of Shelbyville.  Mrs. Merrick was a member of the Fairland Baptist church.  Private funeral services will be held in the C. F. Fix and Son mortuary at nine o'clock Sunday morning, Rev. A. L. Emmert officiating.  The burial will take place in the Brandywine cemetery.
Shelby County Marriages
Minerva J. Jonas Una E. Merrick
December 21, 1907
Book 19 page 155
Contributed by Barb Huff  for RuthAnn Martin-Mortin

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday June 30, 1928
Page 1 column 1
Death of William B. Merrick, Age 83, Occurred In Indianapolis
          William B. Merrick, age 83, former well-known resident of the Fairland community, died at his home, 1022 Churchman Avenue, Indianapolis, at 6:40 o'clock this morning.  Death was due to a complication of diseases.
          Mr. Merrick had lived in Shelby county most all of his life.  He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Jackson, of Indianapolis; one brother, George Merrick, of this city and a number of nephews and nieces.
          Funeral services will be held at two o'clock Monday afternoon at the Charles M. Ewing funeral parlors, 112 North Harrison street, this city.  Burial will be in the Fairland cemetery, in charge of Mr. Ewing.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for RuthAnn Martin-Mortin

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday April 5, 1928
Page 1 column 6
          Betty Jane Merrick, six-weeks-old daughter of  Eva Merrick, died at the home of  Mr. and Mrs. William Stewart, 127 East Jackson street at 12:30 o'clock this afternoon.  Death was due to pneumonia. Besides the mother, the child is survived by the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Una Merrick.  Funeral services will be held at the Nazarene church at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon, with Rev. Mr. Emmert officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for RuthAnn Martin-Mortin

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday July 13, 1926
Mrs. Elizabeth Merrick, Former Resident Of County Dies In Indianapolis
          The death of  Mrs. Elizabeth Merrick, age about 80, widow of the late  Charles Merrick, occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mildred Collins, 1128 St. Paul street, Indianapolis at 8 o'clock this morning.  Mrs. Merrick had been ill several weeks.
          Mrs. Merrick was a former resident of this county.  She was an estimable woman, well and favorably known here.  She lived for a number of years at Fairland.  Orville Merrick, 364 West Hendricks street, this city, is a son of the deceased.  Burial will be in the Fairland cemetery.
          Further particulars concerning the funeral arrangements will be announced tomorrow by Charles M. Ewing, funeral director.

Wednesday July 14, 1926
Page 2   column 1
Services For Mrs. Elizabeth Merrick, Age 80, Will Be Held Thursday
          Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Merrick, who died early Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dillard Collins  in Indianapolis, will be held in the Fairland Baptist church at 2 p.m. Thursday.  Interment will be in the Fairland cemetery in charge of Charles M. Ewing.
          Mrs. Merrick was born in Rush county in 1846.  She was the widow of the late  Charles Merrick  and spent most of her married life in Fairland.  Since the death of her husband she had made her home with her children.  Her death was due to uraemic poisoning from which she had suffered several days.
          Besides her daughter Mrs. Collins, at whose home she died, Mrs. Merrick is survived by three sons, William Merrick  of Indianapolis, and  Orville  and  Una Merrick of Shelbyville, and three brothers, Elsbury  and  William Pea of Rushville and  Flemming Pea  of Indianapolis.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for RuthAnn Martin-Mortin

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday December 11, 1925
Death Occurred At Fairland at 11:30 Today
          Charles Merrick, eighty-two years of age, died of cancer today at his home in Fairland at eleven-fifty o'clock after a lingering illness of two years.
          Besides the widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Merrick, he leaves three sons, Eugene  and  Orville  of this city and  William  of Indianapolis.  Also one daughter, Mrs. Bertha Collins, survives.  Announcement of the funeral will be made by Charles M. Ewing.
Saturday December 12, 1925
Page 8 column 1
          Funeral services for  Charles Merrick, aged Civil war veteran, who died yesterday at his home in Fairland, will be held at the late home, the Rev. I. C. Overman, pastor of the First Baptist Church of this city, officiating.  Burial will be made in the Fairland cemetery, Charles M. Ewing in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for RuthAnn Martin-Mortin

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