Claire Marie Merrild

December 18, 1922July 8, 2018

Claire Marie Merrild age 95 passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, July 8, 2018. She was born December 18, 1922 in Dowagiac, Michigan to Claire and Marie (Lyons) Gwilt. She married Lawrence Merrild on October 18, 1941 who preceded her on May 9, 2004.

The family came to Albion in 1955 opening the Albion Paint Spot where she worked behind the scenes doing the bookkeeping for the business and raising their family. Her family was her life; and strength was her core. She enjoyed cooking for family, shopping, politics and Artist paintings.

Claire is survived by her children, Jim (Marilyn), Jeff, Becky Hallin (Tom) and Andy; 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends will be Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00PM at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, Michigan 49224. Funeral Service will be Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 11:00AM with Pastor David Habicht officiating, visitation will start one hour prior to service. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Oakland Hospice or American Cancer Society.

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  • Visitation Tuesday, July 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Claire Marie Merrild

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Peggy Willis

July 10, 2018

I have many fond memories of traveling to the Merrild Farm as a child for family reunions. Claire Marie was beautiful, fun and whitty she will be missed by all who knew her. Some of the Gwilt Girls in 2015

Dolores Manthei

July 10, 2018

Knew Claire for many years, she belonged to Entre Nous for many years. She was a
very lovely person, she came to meeting as long as she could. I was glad that I got to
know her when she was well. My prayers are with all of you, I know she will be missed.

Dolores Manthei

Jennifer Ayres

July 9, 2018

There are many good memories with my Grandma. We had adventures going shopping and out to lunch. Grandma never let distance deter her from finding what she was looking for. Drives to Detroit (Eastern Market), or to Twelve Oaks Mall (Novi) was all part of the fun. I’m glad we had a visit together before she passed. Lots of smiles over good memories. I am grateful time together. Lots of love.