Friday, July 23, 2010


Shirley Jean Merriam, 79, of Columbia, S.C., formerly of Chillicothe, died Friday, July 23, 2010.

Born Aug. 30, 1930, in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of Ruth and Earl Sweet, she married George Roland Merriam in Mason City Sept. 3, 1950.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Roland Merriam, and a granddaughter.

Surviving are her daughter, Bene (Norman) Jacobs of Columbia, S.C.; and her son, Gary Merriam of Jacksonville, Fla.; as well as four grandchildren.

She was instrumental in the success of her husband’s business, Chillicothe State Bank.

Graveside services were Sunday at the Chillicothe City Cemetery. The Rev. Steven J. Mall officiated. There was no
visitation. Clary Funeral Home, 428 W. McClure Ave. in Peoria, is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.claryfunerals.com.