Merle passed away at Pioneer Village Nursing Home in Regina with her family by her side.
Born in Maryfield, Sask., Merle was the eldest of four children born to John and Margaret Hoey.
In 1944 Merle married Allan Hambleton. Their daughter Beverley was born three years later.
The family lived in Kelso and Kennedy before moving to Vandura in 1952. Merle was a member of the Vandura Hospital Workers and the Vandura U.C.W.
In 1976 Allan retired from the Sask Wheat Pool and they moved to Moosomin where they enjoyed several years as caretakers of the Shellie Rose apartment block.
Poor health eventually necessitated a move to Regina for Merle so she could be close to her family.
Merle took great pride in her family. Her grandchildren Carla and Kevin were her pride and joy. Her love for them will be their legacy to treasure in their hearts always. Her family circle was completed with the addition of two great grandsons, Tito and Cristian, whom she adored.
Merle was predeceased by her parents, her husband Allan, and brothers Jim, John, and Norman.
She is survived and lovingly remembered by her daughter, Bev (Ron) Harris, granddaughter Carla (Justo) Soto, grandson Kevin Harris, great grandsons Tito and Cristian Soto, Sister-in-law Elsie (Loyd) Stainthorp; Elsie and John’s daughters, Barb, Donna, and Wendy; and Norman’s children, Stephen and Sandra, along with very dear friends Dan and Pansy Taylor, Ester Toder, and their families.
Cremation has taken place and a private interment will be held at a later date.
If anyone so desires, the family would greatly appreciate donations in Merle’s memory to: The Kelso Cemetery Fund, c/o R.M. Of Walpole, Box 117, Wawota, Sask., S0G 5A0.
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