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Obituary for Grace Merritt Cearly
11 July, 1909 - 9 September, 1996
From The Idaho Press-Tribune
12 September, 1996
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Grace Cearley

     Grace M. Cearley, 87, of Ontario, Ore., died Monday, September 9, 1996, in a Payette care center.  Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September, 13, at Parma Cemetery, Parma, Idaho.  Services are under the direction of Ontario's Lienkaemper Chapel.
     Grace was born on July 11, 1909, at Colorado Springs, Colorado, the daughter of J.E. and Emma Merritt.  She was the youngest of a family of four boys and two girls all whom have preceded her in death.  She moved west with her family, as a youngster where they settled in the Central Point, Oregon, area.  She married James E. Cearley in Central Point on June 30, 1929.
     They lived in Prospect, Oregon, then at Cottage Grove, Oregon, before moving to Parma in 1945.  Later they moved to Hayward, California, and retired to Emmett where she was active in the Senior Citizen and her Church.  She was also active in the Crescent Club in Emmett.  A victim of Alzheimer's disease she lived at Wilsprings in Ontario for a while and then to Casa Loma as she became more and more disabled.
     She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Joyce and Bob Calhoun of Emmett, Idaho, Doris Henkel of Caldwell, Idaho, and Helen and Myron Osborn of Nyssa, Oregon; ten grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
     She was also preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one grandson.
     Friends may call today, September 12, at Ontario's Lienkaemper Chapel from 6 until 8 p.m.
     Memorials may be made to the Shelter Home of Girls-Gem Youth Services, C/O Lienkaemper Chapel, P.O. Box 970, Ontario, Oregon 97914.