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        Merle Marlene Sprenkle, age 78, of Springfield, formerly of Lamar, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Neighborhoods at Quail Creek where she was recovering from back surgery.

        Merle was born May 13, 1939, in Lamar, Missouri, the only child of Walter and Mary (Clements) Haile.  She attended Forest Grove Rural School and graduated from Lamar High School in the spring of 1957.  On September 28, 1957, at the Boson Methodist Church, Merle married Charles E. Sprenkle and they made their home, raised their two children, and farmed in the Boston area.  In addition to being a devoted wife and mother, Merle graduated from Pittsburg State University, fulfilling her dream of becoming a registered nurse.  Many will remember her from the many years she cared for patients at Barton County Memorial Hospital and later as a BCMH Home Health Nurse.  Always active in her community, she had been a member of Mount Hope Chapter 74 Order of Eastern Star, Calla Rebekah Lodge, and Jasper United Methodist Church.  After moving to Springfield in 2011, Merle transferred her membership to Asbury United Methodist Church, the Hartville Rebekah Lodge, and the Springfield Eastern Star.

        On November 17, 2009, after sharing 52 years of marriage, Charles passed away.  Merle was also preceded in death by their daughter, Ann Martinez on December 29, 2012.

      Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Brenda Sprenkle of Jasper, Missouri; two grandchildren, Carlos Martinez who lived with Merle, and Mandy Browning; three great-grandchildren, Iain Knotts, Brianna and Julia Browning; and a large extended family.

      The family will receive friends following an Eastern Star service beginning at 6:00 pm Friday, July 14th at Daniel Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 15th at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

        Memorial contributions are suggested to The Christian Children’s Fund, in care of the funeral home.



#9 Blue Springs,MOSharon Clements Walls 2017-07-19 13:00
So sorry to hear about my cousins passing . Although I had not seen her in many years, I know how special Merle was to her family and friends.
#8 SpringfieldKathy Love 2017-07-13 20:18
Merle was such a sweet lady that held a special place in my heart. I have only known Carlos and her for the last 7 years, but her love of him, as well as her love of gardens and flowers, baseball, and fishing was very obvious. Her faith never faltered and she was such a light of Christ and a joy to be around. She leaves a huge hole, but we are blessed to have known her. We are rejoicing in her Heaven-coming and heavenly reunion with Charles and Ann.
#7 Springfield, MORick & Marilyn Nothnagel 2017-07-13 16:11
We attended Church with Merle. She was a sweet lady to all of us.. Our Church will miss her deeply. As will the ones that knew her!
#6 Lamar, Mo.Tammy Gillette-Williams 2017-07-13 11:08
In 1988 as a new LPN graduate, Merle was a great mentor and co-worker. I enjoyed working with her at BCMH. I am sorry for your loss.
#5 Willard, MOSuzanne and Walter Boyts 2017-07-13 10:43
We are so sorry.
#4 Joan Martin Burm 2017-07-12 15:35
Aunt Merle was a very special lady, and anyone that knew her will always remember her personal strength, character and spiritual values that she held so dear. What a great lady! She will be missed!
#3 Marilyn Barnes 2017-07-11 15:04
All of Merle's neighbor's who knew her in Springfield loved and appreciated her so much!
Her kind and giving spirit will be sorely missed .
Our neighborhood has a big hole in it now. But we feel very blessed to have known her.
#2 LamarJanet Sitton 2017-07-10 13:06
Merle never turned down chances to help during bloodmobile time. Always a great volunteer and person. I know she will be missed.
#1 Neosho, MOMelissa Cole 2017-07-10 12:14
So sorry to hear of Merle's passing. She was a very sweet lady. She will be missed.

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