Merlene passed away unexpectedly at home on June 27, 2020 at the age of 70. She was born Sept. 21, 1949 in Bonnieville, Kentucky daughter of Cecil and Ruie (Burton) Tackett. When she turned 3, her family initially moved to the Mulliken area and later finally settled in Sebewa. She attended Loucks, Sebewa, and Lakewood High School. At the age of 18, she married the boy next door, Jerry Elmer Lumbert. She was married in Lawton, OK on Nov. 2, 1967 where her husband was stationed. After his discharge, they returned to Michigan to start a family. Merlene had 3 children and was a devoted Mom and Grandmother, as she would always find time for them no matter what. She loved doing antique shows, flea markets, yard sales, and dancing. She loved dancing so much that she would make her younger brother dance with her. She also loved her flower gardens and collecting dolls, which she had a collection of several hundred at the time of her passing. Merlene was preceded in death by her daughter, Amy Sue Lumbert, her brothers, John L., William (Hayden), and Delmer Tackett. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jerry E. Lumbert, two children, Julie (Lumbert) Marsh and Jerry Lee Lumbert, 5 grandchildren, Tim Marsh, Amanda (Marsh) Johnson, Jeremy Marsh, Jerry Anthony Lumbert, and Annarose Lumbert, 2 Great Grandchildren, Blaze and Loke Johnson, as well as her brother, Mike Tackett and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude’s, or Wounded Warriors. Visitation 2-4 & 6-8 Thursday July 2, 2020 at the Sunfield United Brethren Church. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 am – Friday July 3, 2020 also at the Church. Please visit a special webpage made especially for Merlene, to light a candle in her memory or leave a condolence for the family. www.RosierFuneralHome.com The family has entrusted the arrangements to the Independent Family Owned Funeral Home in Sunfield: Rosier Funeral Home.
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