Carol Merrill, 78, of Sturgis and formerly of Pierre, died Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Monument Health in Rapid City.
Visitation was held on Sunday, January 24th at Isburg Funeral Chapel with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service. Funeral service were at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 25th at Faith Lutheran Church in Pierre, followed by burial at Riverside Cemetery in Pierre. Memorials can be directed to St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, SD, Boys Town in Omaha, NE, or NAMI South Dakota.
Carol was born on June 4, 1942 to Ernest and Merle (Dolphus) Laundreaux on the Cheyenne River Agency. She grew up in Agar, SD, and graduated from Agar High School in 1960. Carol married Larry Merrill on October 1, 1960 in Gettysburg, SD. In 1962 they moved to Pierre. Carol worked for the SD Department of Transportation, SD Banking Commission, as a hostess and waitress at the Bunkhouse Café and for the Federal Court System as Clerk of Courts. In 1994 they moved to Rapid City and in 1996 they moved to Sturgis in the Boulder Park Subdivision.
Carol enjoyed playing poker in Deadwood, fishing, scrolling through Facebook, baking, spending time with her grandkids and her pet dogs; Digger and Slugger. She bowled on the Pierre Ladies Bowling League, served as the US Naturalization Ceremonies Coordinator was a United Blood Donor.
Carol is survived by her husband Larry Merrill of Sturgis, her children Kevin (Tami) Merrill of Pierre, Kerwin Merrill of Rapid City, Brian Merrill of Pierre and Tamara Merrill of Box Elder, SD, nine grandchildren: Benjamin Merrill, Samantha Pietz, Zachary Merrill, Nolan Merrill, Joshua Smith, Alexandria Robinson, Tyler Robinson, Nevaeh Merrill, Karmen Merrill and Naomi Merrill, and six great-grandchildren: Carter, Maddie, William, Tristan, Samuel and Mila. She is also survived by her brother Donald Laundreaux and her sister Tina Hyde.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws Melvin and Dorothy Merrill, and a great granddaughter Emerson Marie Merrill.