, Port Arthur, Texas


April 3, 2014

Merle Silkwood

NEDERLAND —    Merle Silkwood, 87, of Nederland, Texas passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas.  She was born in Kilgore, Texas on June 24, 1926 to the late Frank Biggs and Jimmie Jewel Meadows Biggs.  She was a retired employee of Nederland State Bank and a member of First Baptist Church in Nederland.

   Funeral services will be held at Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Jason Burden officiating.  Interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.  A gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

   Merle is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Billie Maurice Silkwood; and her daughter, Karen Silkwood.  She is survived by her daughters, Rosemary Smith and husband, Bob of Mont Belview and Linda Vincent and husband, Matt of Port Neches; her brother, Jimmy Biggs and wife, Thelma of Hobbs, New Mexico; 8 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

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