Virginia Merner |

Virginia Merner

A private family service has been arranged for a later date for Virginia “Ginny” May Merner. Mrs. Merner’s final resting place was in her beloved home town of Eugene, Ore., at Westlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Merner passed away May 20, with her daughter at her side. She was 81.

Mrs. Merner was born Oct. 5, 1925, to Grover and Effie (McChesney) Slayter in Reedsport, Ore. She was the youngest of seven children.

Mrs. Merner attended art school and later worked as an accomplished bookkeeper in several industries. As one of the “Slayter Sisters,” she sang beautiful harmony and performed on old-time Gospel radio.

Although an Oregon native, Mrs. Merner was a resident of Atlantic, Iowa, for 44 years until moving to Nevada City in 2005 to live with her daughter.

Mrs. Merner was a lifelong student who earned her general equivalency degree as an adult and was known as a Biblical scholar, teacher and mentor in her community in Iowa. Her volunteer work was far-reaching and included befriending and advocating for the disabled.

Mrs. Merner is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Deb Merner of Eugene, Ore.; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Travis and Richard Hochwald of Nevada City; brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Lillian Slayter of Bonanza, Ore.; as well as by 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first-born daughter, Kassie Wallace, in 1971; parents; and siblings Shirley, Keith, Nona, Stella and Bob.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 2399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Arrangements were under the direction Chapel of the Angels.

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