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Merlyne Swilley Brooker, age 71, peacefully passed away into her heavenly home on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016 with her family by her side. Merlyne was born in Alachua, Florida on Nov. 26, 1944 to Ivey and Elise Swilley. She graduated from Gainesville High School in 1962, worked as a legal secretary and then helped found and manage the family’s business, Brooker’s Pest Control.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to her loving caregivers at both Ayers Rehabilitation Center and Haven Hospice.

Merlyne is survived by her daughters, Angie Brooker Payne (Dan), and Becky Brooker Manthey (James); six grandchildren, Joshua, Jillian, Landon, Addison, Coleton and Ashlynn.

A celebration of her life was held Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Evans Carter Funeral Home in High Springs. Visitation was held at Evans Carter Funeral home one hour prior to the service. Interment was at New Oak Grove Cemetery in Alachua, Florida.