Barbara Lynn Merkel

Barbara Lynn Merkel

Barbara Lynn Merkel 78, Palmyra, Mo., passed away Sunday Nov. 10, 2019, in her home surrounded by family.

She was born March 13, 1941, in Lubbock, Texas, a daughter of Charles and Louise Sullivan. She married Guido W. Merkel on Oct. 3, 1957, in Fairbanks Alaska, the territory of the United States. He survives.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her children, Tammy (Bruce) Halverson, Bellingham, Wash.; Rick (Laura) Merkel, Washington, Mo.; and Jeffery (Michelle) Merkel, Palmyra; 10 grandkids, Brandy (Dustin), Jason (Dora), KarenAnn (Sam), Jennifer (John), Christina (Caleb), Andrea, Zak, Shandi (Dustin), Annslee (Brock), and Landon; 2s great-grandchildren, Shelby, Blake, Brooklyn, Nolan, Heather, Derek, Hailey, Hadley, Cohen, Beckham, Jayden, Ava, Ariah, Jersey, Olivia, Ella, Sophia, AnnieRay, Destiny and Bailey, Lexie and Gracie; three sisters, Colleen Protzman, Carla (Dave) Williams and Debbie (Ray) Heath; three brothers, Tim (Jana) Sullivan, Mike (Cheryl) Sullivan, and Jim Sullivan; and numerous nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Alberta; two brothers, Charles and Robert, and nephew, Christopher.

Barbara graduated in the early 70s from cosmetology school and immediately started working at Jack N Jill’s and then Ardella’s in Quincy, Ill. Barbara then fulfilled her dream as a business owner on May 15,1974, when she opened and operated Town & Country Hair Fashions in West Quincy, Mo. She also owned a second shop in Quincy, Ill., on 20th and Payson called the Hide Away Hair Fashions for several years before selling it. 

After the flood of 1993, Barbara and her husband moved to Palmyra, where she opened another beauty shop named Hair-Phe-Nail-Ia, until she retired in 2014. 

Barbara also fostered several children in her younger days. She touched the lives of many during her 78 years. Nothing was more important than family and friends.

A special thank you to Quincy Medical Group, Blessing Hospital, Davita, Dr. Koduru, Dr. Derian and Dr. Andrews for your continuous love and support. It didn’t go unnoticed.

 A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra. Father Kelechi Uzuegbu will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Palmyra. Please join the family for a luncheon to follow at Farischon Hall.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Palmyra.

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