Roma Merritt

Saturday, October 4, 2003

Roma M. Merritt, 93, of Cape Girardeau died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at her home.

She was born Jan. 11, 1910, in Providence, Ky., daughter of Charlie and Katherine McNeely Winstead. She and George "Bob" Merritt were married Dec. 24, 1926, in Dixon, Ky. He died June 1, 1995.

The Merritts moved from Kentucky in 1940. They owned and operated Merritt and Merritt Gas Station on Mason Street 20 years. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church and its Senior Adult Sunday School Class.

Survivors include two daughters, Ruby Merritt, Shirley Reed and husband John R.; a sister, Maudeline Cook; three grandchildren, Richard Reed and wife Cheryl, Robert Reed and wife Regina, Ronald Reed and wife Terri; three great-grandchildren, Rachel Reed, Roma Ann Reed and Richard Reed II; three great-great-grandchildren, Sierra Brooks, Logan Reed and Ridge Reed, all of Cape Girardeau.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Friends may call at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. John Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park.