Paula Ann Merkel – Mt. Vernon, IL (formerly of Sesser, IL)

Paula Ann Merkel, 57, of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, formerly of Sesser, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon. She was born August 25, 1963 in Chester, Illinois to George Merkel and Joyce (Rhine ) Merkel.

She is survived by her mother, Joyce Cox of Sesser; 3 daughters, Kassie Stroud of Maryland, Ashley Stroud of St. Louis, Mo. and Alexis ( Joel ) Klenke of Union, Mo.; step children, Jessica LeVault of Jackson, TN; Garrett (Molly) LeVault of Jackson, TN. and Colin LeVault of Jackson, TN.

Also surviving are 3 brothers, George Merkel of Corkland,Tn; Bob (Cynthia) Merkel of Mt. Vernon and Chris (Jennifer) Cox of Carlyle as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her biological father, George Merkel, her father who raised her, James E. Cox and by a grandson, Gili Zion.

Paula was a member of the West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the West Salem Trinity United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon.

Gilbert Funeral Home In Christopher is in charge of arrangements.

Therefore I tell you don’t be anxious about your life….. Look at the birds of the air…. consider the lilies of the field how they grow…. If God clothes the grass of the field…. how much more will he clothe you? ….

Matthew 6:25-31

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