Obituary for Merle R. Draper

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Merle R. Draper

July 9, 1925 - July 10, 2017

Merle R. Draper, age 92, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, July 10, 2017 at the Brown County Health & Living Community in Nashville. She was a longtime resident of Nashville.

Merle was born July 9, 1925, in Portland, Maine to her parents, the late Charles and LaDessa (Reed) Draper. She was a graduate of Hirsch High School in Chicago. Merle received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University, Master Degree in Education from Western Illinois University and a PhD in Education from Indiana University.

She retired in 1986 as a professor from the School of Education at IUPUI. While at IUPUI she taught Introduction to teaching and undergraduate & graduate courses in reading. Merle was very instrumental in the development of the School of Education. She served as the Assistant Director for Student Services, Director for Administrative Services, Director of the Curriculum Resource Center and Director of the IUPUI Guided Study Program. Merle was also a founding member of the Women’s University Club at IUPUI. She was honored with the IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award in 2002. Prior to that, Merle worked in the School of Education at Indiana University in Bloomington.

After retirement, Merle remained active in the community and with Indiana University. She worked concessions for the Pine Box Musical Theater in Nashville and was season ticket holder for IU Men’s Basketball. Merle volunteered for many years to help recycle the aluminum cans from IU Football games. The recycling proceeds were donated by her to many charities that aided “The old folks.”

Merle enjoyed the outdoors and nature; she was a collector of rocks from around the world and loved to visit the Brown County State Park. Merle also enjoyed reading, fishing and eating at Kathy’s Cafe in Morgantown while visiting with family and friends.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews; good friends, Romilda Hamontre of Nashville, Connie Snyder & Violet Scrougham both of Morgantown, Deanna Demes of Bloomington and Erin Cassity of Danville.

Merle was preceded in death by her best friend and companion for 53 years, Mary Joan Perisho on June 14, 2013; siblings, James, Helen and Lynn Draper, Pauline Jensen, Norman Draper, Alma Marvin and Gayle Davidson.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from noon until service time on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Merle to the Brown County State Park, PO Box 608,   Nashville, IN 47448.    

Condolences may be made to family & friends at Information: (812) 597-4670




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Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Born: July 9, 1925
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Condolences for Merle Draper

Kim Wasson posted on 7/13/17

I have known Merle since she came to BCH&L. She will be dearly missed!


Brenda Helms posted on 7/12/17

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Draper. I worked with her for several years at IUPUI. She was my boss. Merle was a very wonderful lady. I was blessed to have had her as a boss, mentor and friend.