MONTEREY – Born in Lansing, Michigan, Merrie graduated from Central High School and attended Michigan State until her parents, Colonel Roy E. and Frances Case were stationed at Ft. Hunter Liggett California. From there they were sent to Ft. Ord and bought a home on Hellam Street in Monterey.
After graduating from Hartnell College, Merrie went to work at The Herald, eventually as a proofreader, where she read and corrected the entire paper each day. When her father retired from the Army and headed back to Michigan, she stayed behind in Monterey, and on March 9, 1947 she married Ed Thornburg of Seaside, whom she met on the beach at Lovers Point in Pacific Grove. In 1957 they bought a home in Pacific Grove where they raised their three children: Stephen (Diana) of Royal Oaks, Rhonda of Monterey, and Corey (Robert) of Dallas. Ed died from injuries sustained in a car accident in 1971. Merrie retired as a Copy Editor after 42 years with The Herald. She was a member of The Dickens Society, enjoyed traveling, playing Bunko, and volunteering at MPVS Thrift Store, PG Historic Homes Tour and Christmas In The Adobes.
In addition to her three children, Merrie is survived by her grandson, John Thornburg (Stacy) of Gilroy; granddaughter, Denise Florio (Sam) of San Jose; and her two grandsons, Case and Fletcher Brunson of Dallas, TX. She also leaves four great grandchildren, Will and Claire Florio and Sara and Andrew Thornburg. She will be remembered as a funny, loving person, who cherished her family and friends.
A celebration of her life will be held at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Monterey Peninsula on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Please visit altavistamortuary.com for memorial contribution information.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Aug. 17, 2013