Rev. Richard Sexton officiated at the services.
Mrs. Merritt died on Monday, July 31, 2006, at 10:25 a.m., at her residence of natural causes.
Mrs. Merritt was born on March 25, 1940, in Fulton, N.Y. She was the daughter of the late John Paul, Sr., and Margaret Rose Brough Garrison.
Mrs. Merritt was formerly employed with Nestles Chocolate, Tops Friendly Market as Cheese Shop Manager, and Wendy’s; was a homemaker; attended Bristol Hill Church in N.Y., and Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Cadiz; and was a member of Good Sam’s RV Club Wagon Master.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Howard Joseph Merritt, Sr.; a brother, James Garrison; and two sisters, Margaret (Peg) Schoenrock and Mary Jane Garrison.
Survivors include four daughters, Jo Ann Reed of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and Brenda Sprague, Ruth Gardner, and Tracy Merritt, all of Cadiz; two sons, Howard Joseph Merritt, Jr., and Fredrick Merritt of Scriba, N.Y.; three sisters, Nancy Polacek of N.Y., Betty Hall of Arizona, and Linda Rogers of Tenn.; three brothers, John Garrison and William Garrison of N.Y., and Robert Garrison of Calif.; 17 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.