Wellsville, NY - Esther "Merie" Coyle, 80, of 1978 Stannards Road passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Jones Memorial Hospital with her family at her side. She was born May 18, 1933 in Hornell the daughter of the later Harold and Neva (Ebersol) Gavitt. She was first married to Harold "Ralph" Hurlburt who predeceased her on December 27, 1968. On June 16, 2001 she Married Clair H. "Tug" Coyle who survives.
Merie was raised in the Arkport/Canaseraga area and attended school in Canaseraga. She was formerly employed at Rochester Products, Highland Healthcare Center in Wellsville and was a home health aide for Jan & Bev's Homecare in Wellsville, retiring in 1997. She was a member of the Willing Volunteer Fireman's Auxiliary and the Trinity Lutheran Church. She enjoyed growing flowers, gardening, puzzles and dancing.
Surviving in addition to her husband is one daughter, Deborah (John) Nielson of Lincolnton, NC, one son, Gene (Glenda) Hurlburt of Wellsville, eight grandchildren, 22 great- grandchildren, two sisters, Helen Thomas of Fallbrook, CA and Margie (Mark) Taft of Campbell, one brother, Charles (Jenette) Gavitt of Jasper, two sons-in-law, Richard Stephens of Canaseraga and Richard Hamlin of Almond, a sister-in-law, Ann Irene (Robert) Johnson of Wellsville, two brothers-in-law, Lawrence (Bea) Hurlburt of Andover and Walter "James" Hurlburt of Bath as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Phyllis Hamlin and Lois Stephens.
Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Friday September 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Robert Morris presiding. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery in the Town of Alfred. The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Willing Volunteer Fire Department or the Trinity Lutheran Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.