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Ina Merckx

Ina Esther Merckx

Thursday, August 11th, 1938 - Thursday, May 14th, 2020
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Obituary

Ina Esther Merckx, 81, passed away peacefully, surrounded by three generations of her family, at her eldest daughter’s home in Greenwood, Arkansas on May 14, 2020.
Ina was born to Albert and Esther Christensen on August 11, 1938, in Chicago. Ina was raised by her eldest sister, Margaret, after her mother passed away when she was a young child. She grew up in North Chicago and in 1957 married Keith L. Merckx, Sr. Together, they had three children, Kim, Keith, and Kristie. The family moved to Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978 and it was there, Ina spent decades working as a well-known and loved customer service clerk at the KMART on Rodney Parham Road. She was later employed at USA Drug. Her children fondly recall her talent at sewing, making handmade clothing and Halloween costumes for them over many years.
Ina was blessed with four grandchildren whom she adored and cared for deeply. She enjoyed traveling for many years and spoke often of her trips to see her siblings and her grandchildren. She was also known for her immense love of animals, especially dogs.
Ina was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Esther, and brothers Donald, Hans, and Kenneth. As well as Keith L. Merckx, Sr. and her step-granddaughter Alyssa.
She is survived by her sister Margaret Smoot of Pleasant Lake, Michigan, daughters Kim Allen (Randy) of Greenwood, AR, Keith Merckx (Barbara) of Norman, OK and Kristie Collins (Kevin) of Pittsburg, TX along with grandchildren Jenna, Jason, Emily, Gentry and step-granddaughter Brooke and great-grandchildren Lacey, Logen, Landon, and Coltin.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Pulaski County Humane Society in Little Rock: https://warmhearts.org/memorial-gifts/ or the Alzheimer’s Association: https://bit.ly/2T7JDno
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