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Merkl, Helen Louise Hicks

Helen Louise Hicks Merkl, age 77, of Norcross, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. She was born Dec. 17, 1933 in Thomas County, daughter of the late Marvin and Trellie Davis Hicks. She was a graduate of Thomasville High School and Crawford W. Long School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse at the Georgia Tech Infirmary for years until her retirement. She was a Baptist and loved her children, grandchildren and walking on the beach. Survivors include her husband, Alvin Hugh Merkl; children, Lynda and Wayne Price, Judy and Steve Jaggears, Ken Allan Merkl, Bradley Alvin and Heather Merkl; grandchildren, James Arthur Price, Emma Kaitlyn Jaggears, Christopher Ryan Price, Anna Elizabeth Jaggears, Banks Anderson Merkl, Jackson Alexander Merkl and Amelia Grace Merkl; sister, Matrelle Hicks Kinchen. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 24 at 2 p.m., at the graveside in Cedar Rock Cemetery in Butts County. Dr. George Henry Kinchen, Jr., officiated. The family received friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service Thursday. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make a memorial contribution to the Eagles Boy’s Ranch, 5500 Union Church Road, Flowery Branch, Ga., 30542. Those desiring may read the obituary and sign the online guest registry by going to www.haistenfuneral.com. Haisten Funeral Home of Jackson, your locally owned funeral home, was in charge of the arrangements.