December 2, 1925 - February 27, 2010
Elaine C. Merry of Walla Walla, moved on to heaven February 27, 2010, at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Her funeral will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt with Pastor Bill Dupignac of Grace Baptist Church officiating. Graveside service will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John Merry, Remick Merry, Rodney Merry and son-in-laws Steven Martonick and Van Voorhies. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church c/o Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington 99362.
Elaine was born December 2, 1925, in Walla Walla, Washington, to Willis and Esther (Baker) Dirks. After her birth, Elaine's family moved to the prairies of Colorado where Elaine had a special knack for digging up sand toads. Times were hard there for the family as the Depression settled over the country and in a few short years they moved back to the Charles Baker place west of Walla Walla. Elaine spent her school years in Lowden later graduating high school from Wa-Hi. She went on to Kinman Business University in Spokane and worked for the Corps of Engineers.
Shortly after the war, she met her husband Francis at a dance at the local Natitorium and that dance lasted 59 years. They were married October 21, 1950 in Walla Walla. Through the years Elaine raised five children with the last two being twins. She was an avid Bible reader and she loved to travel. The most memorable was a trip to the Holy Land that she and her husband talked about for years. She also enjoyed traveling around this country until ill health made travel too hard. Elaine loved her Lord, her family and her beloved Siamese cat Benny.
She is survived by her husband, Francis J. Merry of Touchet; two daughters: Kathleen Voorhies of Touchet and Marlane Martonick of Moscow, Idaho; three sons: John Merry of Touchet, Remick Merry of Seattle and Rodney Merry of Kennewick; one sister, Beverly Ann Caroway of Moses Lake and two brothers: Gary Dirks of Port Orchard and Dean Dirks of Libby, Montana; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded to glory by her parents and an infant sister.