Merrilee Rochau, 71, of Orange, passed away Jan. 28, at her home.

Born in Mission City, British Columbia, Canada, Sept. 7, 1944, she was the daughter of J.W. Harr and Hattie (Faulkner) Muhs. Merrilee was a member of First United Methodist Church. She loved her family, her job and her community. She enjoyed taking care of everyone and loved cooking for her friends and family. Merrilee had a great sense of humor. She loved her flowers and plants and had a green thumb when it came to gardening.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Rochau; daughter, Nicole Risinger and husband Craig; grandchildren, Baylee Risinger and Seth LaComb; sister, Rita Rivest and brother-in-law, Keith Rochau and wife Diane.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Southeast Texas Hospice at 912 W. Cherry Ave. Orange, Tx 77630.