Merle Hill Heard LUBBOCK-Merle Marie Hill Heard of Lubbock passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at the age of 84. She was born Oct. 22, 1928, in Crosbyton to Jesse and Mahalia (Newman) Collier. Merle attended school in Crosbyton before moving to Lubbock. She worked a number of years for JCPenney and then as a secretary for Trinity Church and West Texas Home Health before retiring. Merle married Fred Hill on Sept. 13, 1947, in Lubbock. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1998. She later married Dennis Heard on Feb. 26, 2000, in Levelland. She was a charter member of Trinity Church and Prime Timers. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Dennis; two sons, Steve Hill and wife Donna of Lubbock, and Randy Hill and wife Dana of Plano; one daughter, Barbara Crawford and husband Jerry of Helena, Mont.; one sister, Mae Belle Boone of Humble; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Merle was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Fred in 1998; one daughter, Diana in 2008; two brothers; and five sisters. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today, Nov. 16, 2012, at Combest Family Funeral Homes. Services are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Combest Family Memorial Chapel with interment to follow in Crosbyton Cemetery. Please celebrate the life of Merle by visiting www.combestfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Nov. 16, 2012