Betty J. Merritt, 92, of Springfield, died at 9:15 a.m., Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village. She was born December 10, 1919 in Loami, IL to Orin and Ora Colburn Brash. She married Chester R. Merritt on March 8, 1944 and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2007.
Survivors include three sons, David R. (Geralyn) Merritt of Springfield and Mark L. “Boo” Merritt of New City and James S. Merritt of Springfield; five grandchildren, John (Jennifer) Merritt of Springfield, Lauren (Bill) Manegio of Juno Beach, FL; Amanda Merritt of Springfield, Nicholas (Jamie) Merritt of Springfield and Lexie Merritt of Chicago; Daughter-in-law, Delaine; three great grandchildren, Addison, Charlie and Gavin; several nieces, nephews and cousins and several great nieces and nephews.
Betty was a member of Jerome United Methodist Church; Illinois State Retirees Club and her local ladies card group. She enjoyed crafting and traveling.
She worked for the State of Illinois State Employees Retirement System for thirty-five years as a secretary.
Visitation: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Monday, October 15, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 12 p.m., Monday, October 15, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home with Reverend Paul Black officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Weber House in care of Brother James Court, 2520 St. James Road, Springfield, IL 62707.
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm