LaMerle Curl, 82, of Orange, passed away Aug. 31, at her home surrounded by loved ones.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be the Rev. Gary P. Wheeler of First United Pentecostal Church in Orange. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Orange.

Visitation will be from 5:00-9:00 p.m., Friday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Orange, Feb. 2, 1934, LaMerle was the daughter of John Curl, Sr. and Lacy Irene (LeDoux) Ray. She loved crocheting and gardening, especially raising roses and she was an extreme animal lover, caring for stray animals throughout her life. She also loved her girls dearly.

LaMerle was preceded in death by her father, John Curl, Sr.; mother, Lacy Irene Ray; brother, John Curl, Jr. and sister, Virginia Andreassen Willis.

She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Athena Windham of Mauriceville; granddaughters, Tonya Nicole Strickland and Crystal Athena Yeates and great-grandsons, Tilman Strickland and Daniel Yeates.