Eagle Funeral Home Obituaries

Ila Betts Merillat

October 5, 1921 - August 19, 2013

Ila Betts Merillat, 91, of Reading passed away August 19, 2013 at the Hillsdale Coummunity Health Center. She was born October 5, 1921 in Cambria Township. The daughter of Jake and Emma Belle (Palmiter) Betts.

Ila was a resident of Hillsdale County all her life. She graduated from Reading High School in 1941. Ila enjoyed crocheting, gardening, and traveling. She retired from Hillsdale College in 1985 after many years of her service there. Ila was a member of the Hillsdale Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah Witnesses.

Ila married Franklin Merillat in 1941 and he preceded her in death in 1969.

Survivors include two Nieces, Cheri Stephenson of Hillsdale and Linda Howard of Cottonwood, AZ;
foster son-in-law, Jerome Larson of Black River, MI; and a sister-in-law, Donna Betts of Hillsdale.
She is also survived by 6 foster grandchildren and several foster great grand children and many great nieces and nephews from the Merillat and Betts side.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Hoy Betts, and a foster daughter, Glenda Larson.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM, at the Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel in Reading. Visitation is scheduled for Friday at 11:00 AM till time of service. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery in Reading at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Hillsdale Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah Witnesses or the charity of donor’s choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel in Reading.



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