Merilyn Carter Penn, age 86, stepped into heaven Dec. 12, 2018.

She was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Eagle River, Wis., to Frank and Alida Carter. 

Merilyn was a well-known pianist (and sometimes organist) in the area. She played for Northland Pines High School as well as many local churches. She loved music and especially loved working with teenagers in music. She was also an avid reader.

Merilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Alida Carter; husband, Dr. Paul D. Penn, DDS; brothers, Lyman Carter, Bob Carter and Frank Carter; sister, Florence LaRenzie; and son, John Penn.

Survivors include four daughters, Ellen (Bud) Swanson, Laurie (Dave) Kirby, Amy (Jim) Berndt and Paula Penn; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Three Lakes Evangelical Free Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Merilyn C. Penn Music Scholarship Fund for aspiring young musicians; details to follow.

Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at to share a memory with the family.