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Joyce Ann Merkel, 70, of Billings, died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at St. Vincent Healthcare.

The daughter of Howard and Esther Anderson, Joyce was born Jan. 5, 1933, in Ellendale, N.D. She graduated from Ellendale High School in 1950. Joyce received her teacher certificate and taught school from 1950 to 1951.

She married Delbert J. Merkel in Ellendale on June 29, 1952. They moved to Billings in 1969. Joyce had worked 27 years as a cashier with Buttreys, retiring in 1995. She enjoyed crafts and flower gardening.

Survivors include her husband Delbert, son Keith of Reno, Nev.; daughter Pam (Tom) Brendgord of Great Falls; mother Esther Anderson of Ellendale; brother Donald (Duann) Anderson of Ellendale; three grandchildren, Amy Garcia of Idaho, Crystal Harris of Billings and Lindsey Brendgord of Great Falls; and four great-grandchildren.

The family extends a special thank you to Drs. Marchello and Dernabach, nurses Michele, Lori and Jennifer, the St. Vincent third floor nursing staff and the physical therapy staff.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, with interment at Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Big Sky Hospice.

Michelotti-Sawyers has charge of arrangements.

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