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Shirley Merritt
  • April 01, 1939
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  • April 27, 2019

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Shirley L. Merritt (nee Lang), 80 years 27 days, of Ocala, Florida. passed away from complications of COPD, April 27,2019.

The youngest child of Mary Lang (nee Walker) and William Lang, Shirley was the only Lang child born at Clay Center Memorial Hospital, April1 ,1939.  Her siblings Rex (D), Paul (D), Marjorie, Helen and Irma were all born at home.  With 10 years between herself and Irma and 20 between her and Rex, Shirley was the baby of the family.  Shirley graduated Green High School in 1957, and went on to graduate Clarks Business College in Topeka, KS.  She married her former husband E. Steve Merritt (D) in 1964 in Topeka KS, and had two children, a daughter A-J Merritt-Zommer (Chicago) and a son Andrew Merritt (South Elgin) in Glendale Heights, IL.

A long-time athlete, Shirley played basketball, track & field, and played softball before coaching softball for her daughter’s team.  Shirley was always volunteering to help and organize things.  After several years as President of Reskin Elementary School’s PTA, Shirley was given honorary Life Time membership.  Shirley also officiated at Swim Meets and served several terms as President of the Glendale Heights Dolphin Swim Team Parents Club, where she was affectionately known as “Mamma Merritt”.

In 2011, Shirley retired to On Top of the World in Ocala, FL where she pursued her interest in genealogy, various crafts and woodworking, making a number of friends.

She is survived by her beloved friend M. Annette Bunck who cared for her until her death, her children A-J & Andrew, Son in Law Ken Zommer, Grandchildren Gabrielle & Isabelle Zommer, Sisters Marjorie Anthony, Helen Brunker, & Irma Burger, Brother in Law Lawrence Brunker, Sisters in Law Velma Lang, & Ruth Todd and many nieces and nephews.

 Shirley will be laid to rest after cremation at the Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn, IL.  The family has designated the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, 155 East 55th Street, Suite 6H, New York, NY 10022 (212) 588-1580 for memorial contributions.

 


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  1. Charlene Gebhardt Fortney says:
    03 May 2019
    i AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF OUR LOSS TO GREEN, KS. SHE WILL BE MISSED AT OUR ALUMNI BANQUETS,

  2. Carolyn Branson lit a candle:
    01 May 2019
    Lit since May 1, 2019 at 5:42:18 AM

  3. Beverly Caley says:
    01 May 2019
    I just got to know Shirley the last few years through the Green News and emails and Facebook. Really enjoyed meeting her when she visited Green for the school reunion a few years ago. She was older than me so we didn't go to school together but definitely shared our Green heritage. She was a sweetheart! Gone too soon!

  4. Beverly Caley lit a candle:
    01 May 2019
    Lit since May 1, 2019 at 5:32:17 AM

  5. Gerre Wojnarowski says:
    30 Apr 2019
    I remember the Saturday evenings when Andy and I would watch Emergency on TV while eating Shirley's home made pizza. That was a very enjoyable time. I tried to duplicate her pizza but never could. She was a good friend and will be missed. My sympathies are with you Amy, Andy and Annette

  6. Laurie Sjoberg says:
    30 Apr 2019
    My prayers are with Annette, Andy and Amy. Shirley was a wonderful lady and fun to be with. I always enjoyed the time shared with Shirley, Annette, and my aunt; they were always happy times. Miss you, love, Laurie Sjoberg

  7. Gerre Wojnarowski says:
    30 Apr 2019
    I remember Saturday evenings in Glendale Hts when Shirley made her homemade pizza and Andy and I watched Emergency on TV. She was a dear friend and I will miss her.

  8. Jenny Arenas says:
    30 Apr 2019
    AUNT SHIRLEY will be greatly missed by myself and many others. I was very fortunate to have spent time with her last October, in Florida with my Granmother Marjorie Anthony. I adored her sense of humor and zest for life. AUNT SHIRLEY....you will be missed but we will see each other one day in heaven.
    All my love,
    Jenny Anthony-Arenas

  9. Linda Lortie says:
    30 Apr 2019
    Amy and Andy... I was so blessed to recently have had the opportunity to talk with Shirley and get to know a long lost cousin. I will forever be grateful that she found me. Prayers. Linda (Lang) Lortie

  10. Karen Kimbrough Bradley lit a candle:
    30 Apr 2019
    Lit since April 30, 2019 at 4:57:28 AM

  11. Bernie Shannon says:
    29 Apr 2019
    Amy and Andy. Please accept my deepest sympathy on the death of your mom. She was a great lady she will be missed. R.I.P. Shirleys

  12. Lavonna Hawkins says:
    29 Apr 2019
    So many memories. Fun times coaching softball together. You will be missed by so many. Loved your sense of humor.Will see you again one day.

  13. Bernie Shannon says:
    29 Apr 2019
    R.I.P. Shirley prayers and condolences to the family. Amy and Andy Shirley was a wonderful person

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