Merline Sergent, age 91, of Shelby, died Saturday afternoon, November 6, 2021 at OhioHealth Shelby Hospital.
Merline was born September 17, 1930 in Shelby and was a 1948 graduate of Shelby High School. Merline worked at Shelby Mutual Insurance following high school, paused her work to raise her three daughters, and then returned to “The Mutual” where she worked in the claims department until her retirement. She married Paul Robert Sergent on September 4, 1948. Merline, along with her husband, enjoyed traveling and bowling- both hobbies she continued even after his death. They traveled across the country and world and cherished many years of vacationing in Wildwood, NJ.
Merline was a volunteer in several organizations. She was an active member of the First Christian Church in Shelby where she had been a Sunday School Teacher and a Deacon, was a Girl Scout and Brownie leader, and delivered Meals on Wheels for several years. She was also a member of the Richland County-Shelby Chapter of The Ohio Genealogy Society. Her active volunteerism made her a deserving recipient of the Jess Rath Christian Volunteer Service Award, which she was awarded in 2016.
Her three daughters survive: Susan Sergent, Paula Kay (Les) Albright, and Colleen (Rich Jones) Sergent all of Shelby; 9 grandchildren: Erin (Ian) Valerio, Dana (Brent) Plummer, Alex (Kimberly) McConnell, Chris (Amanda) McConnell, Robert Albright, Kelly (Josh) Radcliff, Luke Jones (Erin Kuster), Tammy Jones, and Lisa Jones; 23 great grandchildren; her brother: Larry (Micky) Racer; a first cousin: Dwight Hartman; and her faithful canine companion: Mandy. Her husband, Paul, preceded her in death on January 2, 2001. Also preceding her in death were her mother: Louise (Dick) Rogers Racer Blackledge; her father who passed away prior to Merline’s birth: Merlin Minor Rogers; her step-father who raised her: Howard Racer; and her sister: Lucia Buttner.
Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 10-11 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will immediately follow at 11 am. Sister Barbara Weaver, her neighbor and friend, will officiate the services. It was both Merline and Paul’s choice to donate their bodies to The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Her burial will be at a later date in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stujude.org/donate or left in care of the funeral home.
Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence on Merline’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on her post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.