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Marian Shoemaker

Marian Shoemaker

Sept. 17, 1917-April 15, 2014

Marian (Merhiy) Shoemaker was born to Hassen and Elizabeth (Milker) Merhiy on Sept. 17, 1917 in Fargo.

In May of 1922, following the death of their parents, Marian and her four older siblings were sent to the Wild Rice Children's Home east of Twin Valley. Marian was raised in orphanage care until nearing the age of 16, at which time she went to California to live with her great uncle, Frank Miller. She held various jobs, including employment at a shoe factory and a hospital.

On June 23, 1940 she married Albert Shoemaker. They made their home in Los Angeles and later moved to Santa Rosa, Calif. In 1943 they adopted a five-day old baby, Robert.

They enjoyed fishing, camping, playing cards and dancing. In later years they drove their El Camino with topper around the U.S. They also took trips to Alaska, Hawaii and Australia.

In 2004 Marian was moved to River Hills, Cambridge, Minn., to be closer to family. In 2006 she moved to St. Mary's Lincoln Park Assisted Living, Detroit Lakes. In December 2007 she became a resident of St. Mary's Oak Crossing, Cedar Ridge, where she lived at the time of her death on April 15, 2014.

Marian will be remembered for her meticulous organizational skills, her love for adventure, and her care and compassion for family and friends.

She will be missed by nieces and nephews, Nancy (Harold) Ebens, Jane (Tim) Miller, Dean (Cathy) Merhiy, Linda (Frank) Seaberg, Lawrence Merhiy, and Elizabeth Rubio.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Al; son, Robert; brothers, Joe, Ali, and Smylie; and sister, Evelyn Merhiy.

A memorial service will be held at Essentia-Health-St. Mary's Chapel, Detroit Lakes, at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. An online guestbook is at