Frances Josephine “Corky” Merrill, 70, of Warren, PA, passed away on March 4, 2013 after a short but courageous fight with leukemia at Warren General Hospital. She was born March 11, 1942 in Warren, PA to Earnest Andrew VanCise and Frances Irene Dunlop VanCise.
Corky was a 1960 graduate of Eisenhower High School. She was a longtime hairdresser, working at various local establishments including the Powder Puff, Josies, Hair Boutique, Command Performance, and VanCise Electrology and Hair.
Corky was a devoted member of the Ladies Group “The 4L’s”, President of the Russell PTA, member of the Cable Hollow Church, and the First Church of the Nazarene.
She enjoyed camping and the outdoors, knitting, crocheting, and needle crafts, traveling, baking, “Sister Trips”, and most importantly, her grandchildren. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor and love of practical jokes.
She is survived by her loving husband, A. Ronald Merrill, whom she married on October 13, 1990 in Sayre, PA. Children Vance (Michelle) Lauffenburger, Russell; Ramona (Bill) Barry, Akron, OH; Emily (Steven) Onuffer, Warren; Ruby (Charlie) Pope, Scandia; Bobette Irby, SanDiego, CA; Pam Merrill, Batavia, NY; Beverly “Danielle” Merrill, NJ;
Grandchildren Jacob, Alex, and Libby Lauffenburger, Nathan and Lindsay Onuffer, Benjamin Wright, Ryan MerrillRife, Cami Turner, and Jeffery and Anjelika Yates.
Her siblings Lillian (Donald) Cable, Russell; Ruthie (Lloyd) Gray, Russell; David VanCise, Port St. Lucie, FL; Larry (Lori) VanCise, Warren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother William VanCise, stillborn brother Daniel VanCise, sister Martha Joann VanCise, and sister Janet Pearl Brosius.
Friends will be received at the Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc., on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 9074 Penna. Ave. E., Warren, at which time a funeral service will be held with Rev. Dr. G.A. Hankins, pastor, officiating.
Burial will follow at Warren County Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Warren Cancer Center, 2 Crescent Park West, Warren, PA 16365 or the First Church of the Nazarene, 907 Pennsylvania Avenue East, Warren, PA 16365.
The family will be accepting econdolences at www.petersonblickfuneralhome.com.