Mary Theresa Merna

1955 - 2020


Mary "Theresa" Merna passed away on December 12, 2020 in Morton, Illinois. Born on August 15, 1955 the second of eight children to Joseph and Jane (Hayes) of Merna, IL, she grew up on a farm just north of Merna, Illinois which she endearingly referred to as being "Close to Normal".

Following graduation from Bloomington Central Catholic High School and the University of Illinois, Theresa joined the Peace Corps and served in the Solomon Islands. It was there she embraced...

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Rich Gallaher

December 28, 2020 9:25 PM

Theresa, or Merna as she was known by most of her friends, lived life to the fullest. I first met her soon after meeting Lorraine when I moved to Dallas in 1987. They were roommates and after Lorriane and I got serious, she moved out into a duplex close by. She ended up buying the property a couple years later. She loved the outdoors and the camping trips with the gang. She and Lorriane remained the best of friends even after we left Dallas for the Chicago area and ultimately to Huntersville, NC, near Charlotte. She and Jane visited us in IL and Merna visited again a year or so later which was always a great time for Lorriane. She also visited us a couple times in NC. She and Lorraine were the closest of friends and glow on their faces was evident when they were able to get back together. When Lorriane was in her final days, she said she wanted no visitors, but I let Merna know the situation, and she flew in a couple days later, which was great for Lorriane. She was a great gal and will be missed by all that knew her. RIP Theresa.

Joan Petersen

December 20, 2020 11:05 AM

Theresa and I went to Epiphany grade school then Central Catholic together. She was everything described, kind, caring and happy. One of those rare quietly special people that make our lives better. Lucky us all to have known her. Joan Weaver Petersen

Kathy Battad

December 19, 2020 2:42 PM

OH! I heard about the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders calendar - so funny!

Susan and Roger Orban

December 18, 2020 5:50 PM

We feel blessed to have had a friend like Theresa Merna. We are lucky to have many good memories of her. Neither of us will forget our first trip to the farm. We went to the door and asked for Merna. The woman (Jane) that answered calmly said, "Which one?" We all just called her Merna in the dorm! Roger treasures his signed photo of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders that she brought him. We send our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Barb Saari

December 18, 2020 3:53 PM

Hi sweet Merna crew. I am so sorry for your loss but so glad there is peace for you all. Kids I have NEVER read a more beautiful tribute. Sooo perfect sooo Theresa!!! Made me see her smile even more vividly. Thank you for sharing so much over the years I feel blessed. Love you all hugs mom zogg

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