Shirley Jean Merrick

Shirley Jean Merrick of Lapeer, Michigan, died August 9,2021.
She was 72.
Shirley was born October 24,1948 in Goodrich, Michigan to the late Walter and Mary (nee: Russell) Ellman. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Hardin; one grandson, Ryan Hardin; two step-children, Quinton Merrick and Camay (Jim) Alderson; four step-grandchildren, Travis Sztumerski, Samantha (Steven) Stepek, Logan and Autum Merrick; one sister, Linda (Jim) Burke; her dear friend, Nancy Walker Johnson; she was preceded in death by her husband, Trevor Merrick; her twin sister, Sharon Mahoney and one brother, Eugene Ellman. Shirley was a 1967 graduate of Brandon High School. A member of Christ Lutheran Church-Hadley. Shirley especially loved to garden.
Funeral service will be l:00 p.m. Monday, August 15,2021 at VILLAGE FUNERAL HOME 135 South Street, Ortonville, Michigan.
Interment will follow at Ortonville Cemetery. Pastor Kelly Todd, officiating. Family will receive friends on Monday from 11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Assn. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To send a condolence to the family go to

One Response to "Shirley Jean Merrick"

  1. Ryan Sterling Hardin   July 10, 2024 at 9:52 am

    Grandma Shirley… It’s not the fact that you passed away that bothers me so much as it is the way and circumstances of how you passed away. I didn’t realize that day it was raining and thunder storming out. You pulled out onto M24 off of Giddings Road and You must not have been able to see the car coming from the left. All the impact force of the crash was directly on your driver’s side door … I pray often that you felt NO PAIN WHATSOEVER and that your death was instantaneous. I still can’t and I refuse to ride in a Chevrolet Trax again. I just wanted to let you know that me and mom have been living together now for almost 2 years. We haven’t had any extreme arguments at all. Also I know you’d be so proud of me for the fact that I was sent to a 5 months long (150 day) inpatient rehab facility in July of 2022. And my sobriety date is May 20th 2022! But I have faith and fully believe that you are able to read what I’m typing onto here. We finally ordered you a beautiful headstone that is almost the same exact color that Aunt Sharon’s & Mikes Headstone is with that sorta bluish tint to it. And knowing that you loved your birds there are 2 cardinals engraved on each side of your name on the stone. I also have a memorial plaque to place on it when the stone is finally installed I’m sorry it took this long to get u one and for the fact that we ordered it in May and we Hope it arrives by the time your birthday comes around this year. This house is not the same without you being here. You may be gone but you’re definitely never going to be forgotten Grandma. I love you so much. Your Only Grandson Ryan Sterling Hardin July 10 2024.


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