Austin, Texas — Merlyn Edith Peters, age 95, of Bussey, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013, at Pella Regional Health Center.
Merlyn was born on Aug. 23, 1917, near Victor, Iowa. She was the youngest of three children born to William and Rosa (Sparrowgrove) Coover. Merlyn attended Conroy Consolidated School and Carson (Iowa Valley) School in Marengo, Iowa. She married Everett (Pete) Peters on Nov. 22, 1935, in Rock Island, Ill. Before moving to Bussey in 1950, Merlyn and Everett lived in many different states, including Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. While living in Kansas, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Sherill.
Merlyn enjoyed gardening and working in her yard, word search puzzles, reading, attending country music shows at Rathbun Lake, and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter Sherill Spaur and her husband, Teddy (Sonny) of Bussey; three grandchildren: Doug and his wife Marilyn of Bussey, Jeri (Sis) and her husband Garland Ray of Des Moines, and Scott of Chicago, Ill.; six great-grandchildren: Brett, Colton, Kelli, Cody, Nick, and Ashley, and a niece, Greta Jost, of Cedar Rapids. In addition to her husband, Everett, Merlyn was preceded in death by her parents, William and Rosa Coover, sister Laura Hamilton, brother Kenneth Coover, and niece Barbara Dean.
Visitation services were held at the Bussey United Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 2. A graveside funeral service followed at the Liberty Cemetery outside of Bussey with the Rev. Raymond Doser officiating. Memorial contributions may be made directly to the family or to the Bussey Community Library and left in the care of the Sinnott-Pierschbacher Funeral Home, 1904 E. Ave North, Lovilia, Iowa 50150.