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Kathleen Merkel, daughter of Theodore and Lita Riley, died November 10, 2016, at age 78. Kathy's paternal grandfather came from Missouri to stake a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run, settling in Marshall, Okla. Kathy attended Classen High School where she enjoyed ballet dancing, and the University of Oklahoma where she pledged Alpha Phi and met her husband, Bill, of Garfield, Kan.
Mother of four, wife of a petroleum engineer, Kathy saw the family move to Wyoming, Colorado, and Edmond, Okla., before transferring overseas to Luanda, Angola. Due to civil war in Angola, Gulf Oil evacuated them to Johannesburg, South Africa. From there, they moved to London, living there until returning to the States. In the U.S., the family lived in Midland, Texas; Bakersfield, Calif; Houston, Texas, and Dublin, Calif., before Kathy and Bill returned to her native Oklahoma.
In addition to her four kids, 11 grandkids, and 16 great-grandkids, Kathy was involved in other people through Little League, ex-pat families, quilting friends, Houston neighbors, the Red Hat Club, and the Pond Society.
Preceded in death by Bill, her husband of 57 years, Kathy leaves behind a loving family and grateful friends. Kathy is survived by Eddie and his wife Mireille of Edmond, Susan Montague and her husband Norris of Las Vegas, Nev., Nancy Roman and her husband Victor of Oklahoma City, Okla., David and his wife Claire of Phoenix, Ariz., and all those grandkids and great-grandkids.
A come-and-go visitation and reception will be from 5-7pm on Friday, November 18, at Crawford Funeral Service, Edmond. A service honoring Kathleen's life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 19, at the funeral home.
Published on November 14, 2016
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