Ever Rest Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel

1783 East Keating Ave, Muskegon, MI


Janice Eilene Merrill

June 20, 1958August 6, 2019

Janice Eilene Merrill of Muskegon, 61, passed away Tuesday August 6, 2019 in Muskegon surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on June 20, 1958 to Charles and Lettea (Hock) Bray. On April 30, 1977 she married the love of her life James R. Merrill, and they enjoyed 33 years of marriage until his sudden passing on December 29, 2010. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her many friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving mother Lettea Bray, 2 children: Jamie Erickson, James (Sarah) Merrill Jr., 5 grandchildren: Ashley (Tony) Stong, CJ Erickson, Peyton Merrill, Jarrett Merrill, and Paige Merrill, 2 great grandchildren: Antonia Stong and Archie Stong, 1 brother: David Bray, 1 sister: Christine Morgan. She was preceded in death by her husband James R. Merrill, her father Charles Bray, mother-in-law Nancy Rollenhagen, and father-in-law Fred Rollenhagen.

A service to celebrate her life and refreshments following will be held on Saturday August 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Ever Rest Funeral Home and Chapel, 1783 E. Keating Ave. in Muskegon.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Harbor Hospice Poppen House in Muskegon for their exceptional care for both Janice and James.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 10, 2019


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Nancy De Nio

August 9, 2019

wonderful lady thoughts and prayers go out to the family

Cheryl Botbyl

August 8, 2019

You & I talked about this day and now, that the day has come all that talking doesn't make it any easier. I love you so very, very, much and I will miss you. You have been a part of my heart since we were 22 years old and nothing, nothing, ever got in the way of our friendship, our sisterhood and our love for one another. I am blessed to have known such a wonderful women! A loving wife, mom, grandma, daughter, sister and forever friend. You will forever be in my heart and I am a better person, having known you. Your support throughout the years helped sustain me when times were rough and the happiness you brought to me is unmeasurable. Love you now and forever, your sister by choice.

Sara Tibbe

August 8, 2019

Dear Jan Merrill, I really just want to hug you one last time! You made my childhood extra fun & you always made me feel special; I will love you & hold you in my heart, til the end of time!
Til we meet again,
Sara Tibbe

Cyndi Dewitt

August 7, 2019

Rest In Peace dear Jen, my God wrap his loving arms around you family, distance keep us from spending time together. But, I remember so many fun times when we were young. And three years ago when you and David come to the UP to visit. No more pain or suffering Jen.