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Merle O’Neall


Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:27 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:09 a.m. CDT

Merle O’Neall, 86, of Murray died Feb. 27, 2014, at Afton Care Center.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Osceola. Cremation was after services, and burial will be in Murray Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Afton Care Center Auxiliary. Online condolences may be left at

Merle Anne O’Neall, daughter of Lois (Hatfield) and Maurice Lillard, was born April 12, 1927, near LeRoy.

Merle Anne “Myrt” grew up near Hopeville, and received her education at Clarke County country schools and Murray High School.

On Aug. 27, 1943, Merle married Dale Rex O’Neall in Osceola.

Merle worked at Snowden’s in Osceola and was the office manager for Union Gas (in both Lorimor and Osceola) and finally worked for many years at Murray Café as cashier.

Merle’s health failed in the past few months, and she spent that time at Afton Care Center.

Merle is survived by her daughter Pennie (husband Ken) Cheers of Afton; granddaughter Jodie Greig (husband Joe) and children, Taylor and Clayton Greig of Estherville; grandsons, John Gonseth (wife Becky) and children, Madison Gonseth and Brooke Hoffman of Murray; Cole and Tara Page and children, Cadin, Mallory and Caleb of Murray; and Cass Page and Chelsea Rydl of Osceola; as well as many other relatives and many friends.

Merle was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 2012 and son-in-law Gary Gonseth in 2000.

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