March 22, 1962-Aug. 24, 2012
MARSHALL - Services for Merrial Ellen Thares, 50, of Marshall will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Radiant Life Church in Marshall. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. at Radiant Life Church with a 7 p.m. prayer service to follow and continuing one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Burial will be at the Marshall cemetery with a luncheon served at the church immediately following the burial. Hamilton Funeral Home of Marshall is handling the arrangements.
Merrial Ellen Thares died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Marshall after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.
Merrial Ellen Thares
Merrial was born on March 22, 1962, to Rex D. and Frieda (Huckfeldt) Nelson in Seattle Washington. She grew up in the Seattle area, living in Snohomish, Monroe and Lynnwood, Wash., areas before moving to South Dakota.
She graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1980 and then attended Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1983, a degree in biology from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall in 2001 and her master's degree in anatomy/physiology in 2004 from South Dakota State University in Brookings. She married Steven Thares June 4, 1983, in Pierre, S.D. They lived in Hastings, Neb.; Garden City, Kan.; Rock Springs, Wyo.; Hayward, Calif.; and finally settling in Lynd and Marshall areas in April 1994. Merrial taught in various schools in the communities they lived in including as a professor at SDSU, Ridgewater College in Wilmar and most recently in the Marshall School District.
Merrial was baptized at First Presbyterian in Lynnwood. Her faith remained a centering point throughout her life and most recently was an active member of the Radiant Life Church in Marshall
Merrial devoted her life to helping the youth of her community learn what it takes to be dedicated and strong members of society. She dedicated more than 20 years of her life working with Boys Scouts of America at both the local, district and council levels and served as a youth and adult leader in Girls Scouts of America. She was always willing to help anyone she could. She served as team mom for club and high school swim teams. She was a master knitter and always had a project in progress.
Merrial is survived by her husband Steve of Marshall; son Arthur (Cassie) Thares of Savage; daughter, Aurora Thares, of Marshall; granddaughter Phinley of Savage; brothers Marvin Nelson of Miller, S.D.; Russell (Teri) Nelson of Selah, Wash.; William (Maureen) Nelson of Monroe, Wash., Aunt Eileen O'Day of Pierre; Uncle Calvin Nelson of Pierre and Norma Jean Junkman of Washougal, Wash., and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rex and Frieda; seven uncles; and seven aunts.
Blessed be the memory of Merrial Thares.