Merle Caillier, 86, of Orange, passed away July 4, at St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, July 9, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Joseph P. Daleo. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Orange.

Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday, July 8, with a rosary at 7:00 pm, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Ozark, Al., April 18, 1929, Merle was the daughter of Garland Weeks and Beatrice Byrd Weeks. She and her husband Tony owned Veterans Grocery in The Cove since 1949. She was a very giving person who never expected anything in return. She often even extended credit to customers without expecting payment at the store. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Antoine “Tony” Caillier, since 2010; two sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by her children, Jackie Caillier and wife Karen, Katheryn Knox and husband Billy, Jerry Caillier and wife Denise and Ralph Caillier and wife Angie; grandchildren, Rachael Clark and husband Pat, Chrissy Sorge and husband Tracy, Bryan Caillier, Ashley Thompson and husband Ryder, Jacquline Dugas and husband Troy, Jamie Latiolais and husband Trevor, Blake Caillier, Tyler Knox and wife Ashton, Bethany Smith, Blaine Caillier and wife Regina, Jason Budd and Zane Caillier; great-grandchildren, Harlie Sorge, Codie Sorge, Christian Clark, Will Clark , Jack Clark, Ryker Thomson, Abbie Clark, Kole Knox, Brynlee Dugas and Clara Caillier.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bryan Caillier, Tyler Knox, Blake Caillier, Zane Caillier, Jason Budd, Blain Caillier, Troy Dugas, Tracy Sorge and Trevor Latiolais.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church at 912 W. Cherry Ave. Orange, Texas 77630.