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Geraldine Elizabeth Merchant

1935 - 2015 Obituary Condolences Gallery
Geraldine Elizabeth Merchant Obituary
GERALDINE ELIZABETH MERCHANT 8/20/1935 4/15/2015 Geraldine was born in Wasco, CA, daughter of Albert and Cornelia Pohl. She graduated from Wasco Union High School in Wasco, CA and St. Mary's School of Nursing in San Francisco, CA. After completing her nursing education she worked as a nurse at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, CA and at Children's Hospital in Orange, CA. She met and married Charles David Merchant in 1958 and retired from nursing shortly thereafter. They resided in Yorba Linda, CA for thirty years, where she was an active member of St. Martin's Church, and was their choir organist for many years. Prior to her husband's retirement in 1997, they relocated to Gavilan Hills in Riverside County, CA. She was a devout Catholic and attended Mass regularly, when physically able, at St. James Catholic Church in Perris, CA. She believed in helping the less fortunate and spent a great deal of time working at that through Church charity organizations. She was professed to the Secular Franciscan Order in 2003. In those 12 years she energetically served in areas of liturgy and leadership. Her joyful spirit will be missed by her Franciscan Sisters and Brothers. She is survived by her husband, Charles David Merchant; her four sons, Charles Michael Merchant, Stephen Andrew Merchant, Daniel Edward Merchant, Robert Patrick Merchant; her daughter, Marleen Elizabeth Starkey; her 2 sisters, Evelyn Marie Elliott, Maureen Ann Clary and 12 grandchildren.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Apr. 22, 2015
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