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Ethel Merle Boswell

Ethel Merle Boswell (nee Pippin), 95 of Lebanon, IL, born October 1, 1928, in Samson, AL, passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Revela of O’Fallon.

Merle attended Samson High School and worked for 25 years in banking. After retiring, she loved to garden and fish. She was a wonderful southern cook and seamstress. Most importantly, she was a strong Christian and active children’s Sunday School teacher for many years.

Merle was preceded in death by her parents, Smith S. and Cora Pippin (nee Garrett); her beloved husband of 53 years, James D. Boswell, Jr.; and nine siblings.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Joni Merle (Dr. Greg) Garrison of O’Fallon, IL; one brother, Kenneth S. (Ronna) Pippin of Charlotte, NC; two grandchildren, Margaret Merle (Alex) Ferrec of New York, NY, Julia Anne Garrison of Longview, TX; and two great-grandchildren, Simone Ferrec and Florence Ferrec.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, Condolences may be made online at

A visitation will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Schildknecht Funeral Home; 301 S. Lincoln Ave., O’Fallon, IL 62269.

The funeral service will begin at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Doug Munton officiating. Burial will follow at O’Fallon City Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home O’Fallon, IL.

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