MERLE BEASLEY died Saturday, August 18, 2001 at the age of 77. She was born in Henrietta, Texas on February 9, 1924, She endured the tremendous hardships of the depression; World War II; the loss of her husband, Bill Atkins; the loss of her second daughter, Donna Susan; and the loss of her second husband, Ike Beasley. Throughout all of life's hardships, she maintained a positive attitude, infectious smile, and loving heart that were inspirations to all she came in contact with. She is survived by daughter Barbara Atkins Herring and husband Bill; son Ervin Atkins and wife Deborah; grandchildren Chris Rife, Jamie Atkins, Ryan Herring, Jennifer Atkins, and Jessica Atkins; and great-grandchildren Andrew Stice, Kayla Resendez and Kyle Resendez. She will be deeply missed by her friends, relatives, and the great state of Texas that she loved so dearly. The family will be receiving at Grand View Funeral Home from 5:00 to 9:00 PM on Tuesday, August 21. Funeral services will be held at Grand View at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 22. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.