Elaine Merrill passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at age 96. A native of Idaho, she and her late husband, Winfred, moved to Eltopia in 1956 where they operated Merrill’s Market, and later built a market and café at Merrill’s Corner on Glade/Eltopia West Roads.
They also lived for many years in the Colville area, where they owned South Twin Lakes Resort. Elaine had a love of music and played the piano in many dance bands. She was a devout member of the LDS Church.
She is survived by her six children: Wendell (Geraldine), Max (Louise), Sharon Collins ( Al), Roger (Marva -deceased), Randall (Ramona), Danny (Sue), and numerous grand and great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at the Columbia Basin Ward LDS Church on Sept. 10, with a viewing the prior evening at the Mueller Greenlee Funeral Home, 1608 W. Court St., Pasco.