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Algeria "Toots" Merrell went home to be with the Lord on January 20, 2018.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 26, 2018 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be held Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, 6710 Webster St., Dallas, TX, 75209 on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11:00 am with viewing at 10:00 am. Interment Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In a life spanning 10 decades, Algeria Craigs Merrell touched lives of many as a role model and pillar of strength for family, friends and community.

Born March 10, 1921 in Pittsburg, Texas. She was the youngest daughter born to Stella and Tom Craigs among five other siblings. The family moved to Dallas when Algeria was a child.. later they became members of the Bethany Missionary Baptist Church.

She was an active member of the Choir, Missionary Society, Trustee Board, and Sunday School. She was a founder and participant of the K. B. Polk Recreation Center. She was an active member of Grand Order of Calanthe.

Algeria attended Vickory High School in White Rock, TX and Texas College in Marshall, TX.
She was married over 30 years to Milton Merrell of Garland, TX. To this union was born two daughters: Gail Reed and Merilynne Evans.

Preceded in death by her husband, parents and siblings.

Survived by daughters: Gail Reed and Merilynne Evans. Grandson: Torey Reed. Grand-daughters: Destiny Lewis(Michael), Craig-Lynne Sanchez (Jonathan), and Dawn Evans. Three great-grandchildren: Isaiah Evans, Michael Lewis and Brielle Lewis. A host of other family members.