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  • Betty L. Merrell
    92, of Rolla
    Betty Louise Merrell, of Rolla, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the age of 92.
    She was born in Pittsburgh, Kansas on June 24, 1921 to the late Charles and Gladys (Nichols) Quesnoy.
    In 1938, Betty married Andrew Hamilton and they were later blessed with two sons. Mr. Hamilton preceded her in death on March 9, 1954.
    In 1969, Betty married Ray Merrell, who also preceded her in death on July 2, 2003.
    In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her brother, Allen Quesnoy.
    Betty enjoyed knitting in her spare time. She made sweaters, blankets, and other items that she would joyfully give away to family and friends. She enjoyed watching T.V., with her favorite programs being Dr. Phil and The Ellen Show. She was a member of the Rolla First United Methodist Church and the Rolla Lionesses. She retired from the U.S.G.S. in Rolla in 1996 completing 37 years of service. She shared many fond memories of the many trips she and Ray had taken with her favorites’ being cruises to Alaska and the Panama Canal. Betty also had fond memories of the dogs she had had in her life, always having one since she was a little girl. She leaves behind her current canine companion; a Boston terrier named Maggie May.
    Betty was a kind and good-natured person with a wonderful sense of humor. She was proud of her sons and the lives they had made for themselves.
    She loved and valued her family very much.
    Surviving Betty are her two sons, Charles “Dan” Hamilton and his wife Bobette, of Tecumseh, OK and Gary Hamilton and his wife, Donna, of Winston-Salem, NC; five grandchildren, Christy Terry, Gideon Hamilton, Nicole Sodko, Andrew Hamilton, and Katharine Grigsby; two great grandchildren, Seth Terry and Ben Sodko; other extended family members and dear friends.
    A funeral service for Betty Merrell will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Null & Son Funeral Home in Rolla. Interment will follow in Ozark Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m.
    Memorial contributions are suggested to the Rolla Lioness Club or the Rolla Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Fund.
    Online condolences may be offered at www.nullandsonfuneralhome.com.
    All arrangements are under the direction of the Null & Son Funeral Home of Rolla.
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