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Merle Rector


MARION — Lela Merle Rector, 82, passed away surrounded by her family at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at Heartland Regional Medical Center after a long struggle with MS.

Merle was born Aug. 19, 1934, in Marion, to Cecil and Della (Holly) Jordan. She married Orval Rector on March 31, 1951, and he survives. Together they enjoyed nearly 66 years of marriage.

Merle was a member of Trinity Pentecostal Church in Marion. She loved collecting dolls and crocheting. Merle loved spending time with her family. She was known to many as “Granny.”

Survivors include her husband; son, Ronald (Patricia) Rector of Melbourne, Florida; daughter, Shirley (Keith) Henson of Marion; grandchildren, Anita (Scott) Hambleton of Carrier Mills; Randy Rector of Benton; Adam (Kati) Henson of Marion; great-grandchildren, Alexandria (Kevin) Kueck, Melissa (Cody) Bynum, Brandon Hambleton, Finn Henson and another great-grandchild expected in August; great-great grandchildren Jacob and Johnathan Kueck, Adalyn Bynum; sisters Brenda Connors and Delores (Mike) Stroud; and several nieces, nephews and cousins

She was preceded in death by her parents; nine brothers and five sisters.

Services will be Friday, Feb. 24, at noon at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with the Rev. Charlie Idleman officiating. Burial will follow at Ferrell Cemetery east of Marion. Visitation will also be on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Trinity Pentecostal Church and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home, 1704 N. Court, Marion, IL 62959. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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