Virginia Rose Merritt, 80, of Cabot, beloved wife, mother and grandmother went home peacefully with her Lord and Savior, Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. while sleeping.
She will be greatly missed by her loving and devoted husband of sixty years, Bobby J. Merritt and her four surviving children; Jacklin Brewer (Bill), Betty Luthy (Steve), Susan McCormick (Mac), and Robert Merritt (Lori).
She was born in Meyers Falls, Washington on April 15, 1929 to the late Minnie and Earl Phipps. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, a brother, her daughter Marcia Jenkins (Gary) and infant great-grandson Robert J. Mapes.
Mrs. Merritt leaves seventeen grandchildren; Bridgett Law (Minnesota), Barbara Horowitz (Ohio), Steven Mapes (Virginia), William Wegiel (Ohio), Tracy Baker (Georgia), Jeffery McCormick (Tennessee), David Mapes (Florida), Sean McCormick (California), Lynne Miller (Michigan), Russell Nielsen (Missouri), Bruce Nielsen (Illinois), Sean Luthy (Illinois), Ryan Merritt (Arkansas), Matthew Jenkins (Ohio), Dawne Jenkins (Indiana), Chad Merritt (Arkansas), Lindsey Thornton (Arkansas), Derek Luthy (Illinois), and twenty-four great-grandchildren as her legacy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to be given to the American Lung Association or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 11, 2010 at Victory Baptist Church with Brother Ben Leonard officiating. Burial will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Moores Cabot Funeral Home (501)843-5816.