Merlene Anne Basler Griffin

Death:Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Ogle Co, Illinois

MERLENE ANNE GRIFFIN, of Oregon died Wednesday July 22, 2009 in the care of Ogle County Hospice and Pinecrest Terrace in Mt. Morris. She was born January 22, 1934 in Oregon the daughter of John & Marion Hatch Basler. She married Donald Griffin, Sr. on Dec. 30, 1950 in Oregon; he died in 2008. Merlene attended Oregon High School where she was a cheerleader. She worked at the telephone office in Oregon, Indian Village in Byron, and was a playground supervisor and library volunteer at St. Mary's School in Oregon, and was a housewife and mother. She was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oregon. She is survived by her children, Don (Mary Jo) Griffin, Jr. of Oregon, and Marcia (Gordon) Vaughn of Mt. Morris; grandchildren, Erica (Stephen) Bell of Martin, TN , Jamie Griffin of Polo, Daniel (Bethany) Griffin of Oregon, Jessica Griffin of West Chicago, and Reanna (Chuck) Brant of Crandall, GA; great grandchildren, Colton & AshLee Griffin of Polo, Erin, Emily Grace, & Sadie Bell of Martin, TN and Megan Brant of Crandall. GA; brothers, Jack (Betty) Basler of Oregon, and Clyde (Carolyn) Basler of Union, KY; and many nieces & nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son, Daniel John Griffin, grandson, Andrew John Vaughn, and brother, Franklin Basler. Christian funeral mass will be held Tuesday July 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon with Rev. Richard Kramer officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 5:00-8:00 PM, with Rosary recited at 7:45 PM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon. Memorials to Pinecrest Terrace and Ogle County Hospice.

Source: Mortuary Obit

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