Marilyn Ann (Bowne) Merida

Born: Wed., Sep. 11, 1946
Died: Sat., Apr. 7, 2018


10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wed., Apr. 11, 2018
Location: Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Wed., Apr. 11, 2018

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Marilyn Ann Merida, 71, of Cambridge City, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 7, 2018 after a long struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.


Marilyn was born on September 11, 1946 in Connersville to Virgil and Lucille Ammerman Bowne. She was a 1964 graduate of Lincoln High School. She married the love of her life, Rudy Merida on August 8, 1967. She assisted her husband in his business, “Rudy’s Auto Sales” for many years. Marilyn worked for Dr. Jim Johnson for ten years as a L.P.N. When Dr. Johnson moved to Columbus, IN, she pursued her nursing career and received her R.N. degree. She then was employed by Reid Hospital for a total of twenty years. Marilyn found joy in nursing and making a difference in the lives of others. She attended Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) for seven years with Rudy. Marilyn was involved in numerous Bible study groups and was a member of Cambridge City Christian Church. She enjoyed helping out with the children’s programs and worked in the church office for a short time. Marilyn found her most happiness being with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling and going out to eat whenever the occasion would arise.


Survivors include her children, Lee Ann (Rob) Bohlander and Derek (Nanette) Merida; grandchildren, Nick (Brittany Martin) Bohlander, Heath and Ross Bohlander, Austin, Kailey, Kiersten and Rachel Merida, Wesley (Courtney Harris) Merida II and Heather Isaacs; great-grandchildren Olivia and Elaina Merida, and Gabriella Shock; a sister, Carmen (Dick) Fritzsche: a brother, Don Bowne; nieces, nephews and many friends.


Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Lucille Bowne; her husband, Rudy Merida; a son, Wesley Merida; a brother, Chuck Bowne and sister-in-law, Shelba Bowne.


A special thank you to family and friends for always being there, Julie and John Dershem, Jean Merida, Tonna Lear, Sandy Rigsby, Randall and Joyce Merida.


A very special thank you to Pat Waskom for opening up her home to Marilyn in her last months.


Friends may call at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel, 1010 E. Main St., Cambridge City on Wednesday from 10 AM until the start of the funeral at 1 PM. with Danny Berry officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Cambridge City Christian Church  or   Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.


Charitable donations may be made in Marilyn's memory to the following organizations:

Cambridge City Christian Church
106 E. Church St., Cambridge City, IN 47327
Tel: 765-478-5123

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
230 E. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611

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Kelvin and Barbara Canady
   Posted Sat April 07, 2018
Our love to all the family, especially our closest friend glad that she didn't have to linger and not be able to do what she wanted to do..hugs to all

Linda & Bill Pebworth
   Posted Sat April 07, 2018
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.

Debbie McGinley
   Posted Sat April 07, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Marilyn was a a very sweet lady. Sending prayers to the family.

Louise & James Dowty
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
Sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. We enjoy talking with Marilyn & Ruby when we visited my sister Jean in IN. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Louise & Jim, Waldo, Wisconsin

John and Karen Weston
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
Sending our love and sympathy to the family. Marilyn was a dear friend and was loved by all who knew her. A very special lady who will be greatly missed.

Darlene & Ralph Callahan
   Posted Sun April 08, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers to the family, Marilyn was a wonderful women, so kind and thoughtful, heaven gained another angel.🙏🏻❤️

Sandy Crumpton
   Posted Mon April 09, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of the whole family.

Idris Bond Smith
   Posted Tue April 10, 2018
Was saddened to see Marilyn's passing. Her smile was always the hallmark of her life. Prayers for the family as you struggle with her earthly loss, but rejoice that she is in her heavenly home and breathing perfectly normal.
Idris Bond Smith

Carolyn Bowne Durrance & Charie Sr.& Jr.
   Posted Wed April 11, 2018
Marilyn was a wonderful person - loved by all - will be greatly missed by all- she was like a second mom to Charlie Sr. heaven has gain an angel for sure. Prayers goes out to all the family.