Merle Schillie Linder, 1909-2006
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Merle Schillie Linder, 96, of Kirksville, Missouri, died Thursday (October 26, 2006) at the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.
She was born December 13, 1909 at the family farm about two miles northeast of Pure Air, Missouri, on the site of the old Baden Springs resort. She was the daughter of Charlie and Nettie (Shoop) Schillie. On November 29, 1932 in Kirksville, Missouri, she married Oran Hubert Linder, who died in 1998. The Linders were married for 66 years.
Surviving are four sons: Harold Linder of Anthem, Arizona; Gene Linder and wife Carol of Salt Lake City, Utah; Dean Linder and wife Joan of Columbia, Maryland; and Oran Linder Jr. and wife Donna, of Mendota, Illinois. There are nine grandchildren: Tina Williams and Mark Linder; Alex, Eric, and Kristin Linder; Rachel Linder; and Paul Linder, Michelle Murphy and Daniel Linder. Mrs. Linder is also survived by six great-grandchildren and her sisters, Edith Jones, Lura Linder, and Bertha Bergles, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a stillborn son, Robert, a daughter-in-law, Christa (Thees-Hargens) Linder, her parents, an infant brother, Woodrow, brothers, Lloyd, John, Frank and Loren, an infant sister, Blanche, brothers-in-law, Joseph Bergles, Forrest Jones, and Russell Linder, and sisters-in-law, Louise (Gashwiler) Schillie and Ilene (Jones) Schillie.
Mrs. Linder was raised in rural Adair County and attended the West Elm Grove School. She was a 1931 graduate of the Kirksville Senior High School and moved to Kirksville after her marriage. A housewife for many years, she also worked half time as a Head Start teacher’s aide from 1965 to 1973. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Kirksville.
Her hobbies included fishing, gardening, arrowhead hunting, card playing with relatives and friends, and travel. She had visited all fifty states, as well as Mexico and Canada. She and Mr. Linder were lifelong fans of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. She took pride in her canning skills and won numerous prize ribbons at the old Harvest Festivals and the Northeast Missouri Fair. She greatly enjoyed crocheting afghans for her grandchildren and others. Mrs. Linder remained active despite her advanced age, with the very kind assistance of relatives and friends.
[Visitation last night; look around the room and realize that the decisions one person makes create or deny worlds. You can imagine the anguish of having a first child stillborn, but if she hadn’t soldiered on, none of the rest of this, including VNN, would exist. Thank you, grandma.]