Merle A. Paul, 86, a former resident of rural Churubusco near Ari and more recently of rural Roann, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday morning, May 6, 2010, at her home in Miami County. Mrs. Paul was born on February 13, 1924 in Akron, a daughter of Granvil E. and Esther G. (Harris) Dawson, and was united in marriage in Woodburn on August 30, 1947 to Anthony P. "Tony" Paul. The couple spent the early years of their marriage in Pulaski County, and moved from Crooked Lake to rural Allen County near Ari in 1987.e e Mr. Paul preceded her in death on July 29, 2001.e Following his death, she moved to her home near Roann to be near her son there. She had a lifelong love of children, and had worked at the former Allen County Children's Home.e She also did child care in her home for many years, and later was employed in the clothing department at Wal Mart in Kendallville for four years.e In her leisure time she enjoyed her flower gardens, and most especially loved and cherished her family. The surviving relatives include her three sons Larry D. (Linda) Paul of Mount Airy, Md., Terry (Kay) Paul of Roann, and Garry (Judy) Paul of Avilla; a sister Marjorie Leininger of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren M. Vincent Paul, Nicholas Paul, Krista (Bryan) Woods, Kari (Tony) Geary, Chad (August) Paul, Brian (Audrey) Paul, and Jason (Amy) Paul; and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers Calvin Dawson, Donald Dawson, and Max Dawson; and by two sisters Katie Williams and June Nelson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a. m. on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home in Churubusco with Pastor Alvin Beggs, officiating. The family will receive friends at the mortuary from 4 to 8 p. m. on Monday, or one hour prior to the service Tuesday morning. Entombment will be in the St. Paul Mausoleum at Covington Memorial Gardens in Fort Wayne. For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Riley Hospital For Children, 702 Barnhill Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46202. **************************************** To leave a condolence for the family in Mrs. Paul's memory, please click on "Condolences" below. . .