Cricket Merrick

Friday, January 5, 2007

CHARLESTON, Mo. -- Ruth Charlene "Cricket" Warren Merrick entered into eternal rest at 7:14 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee, Kan.

A devoted wife and mother, Cricket and her family were active in the First Baptist Church of Charleston and more recently, the First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Mo.

She was born Jan. 11, 1928, at Blodgett, Mo., to the late Harry Thomas and Eva Marie Warren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, John Jake Warren and Robert Lee Warren (Margaret); and a sister, Ethel Lois Duff (Boyd).

She is survived by a brother, Harry "Joker" Warren (Julia) of Charleston, Greta Candace Watson (Murray) of Mart, Texas; a sister-in-law, Virginia M. Walinow of Kansas City.

Cricket and Bobbie Melton Merrick were married Oct. 12, 1946, in Cape Girardeau. They had recently celebrated their 60-year union.

Born to this union were five children, a son and four daughters: John W. Merrick (Jane) of Diehlstadt, Mo., retired Maj. Christy J. Merrick and Candace L. "Candy" Merrick of Shawnee, Robin M. Clark (Byars) of Vienna, W.Va., and Camella R. Folsom (David) of Basehor, Kan.

She is also survived by five grandchildren, Robert Caldwell Merrick of Springfield, Mo., Adrianna Risner, Brittany Louise and Byars Benjamin "Ben" Clark of Vienna, Mallory Grace Folsom of Basehor; and two great-grandchildren, Connor Joseph and Bryce Robert Merrick of Springfield.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. Michael Brewer, pastor of First Baptist Church of Charleston, will officiate.

The family requests memorials be made to the charity of the donor's choice.