VESPER MYRTLE MERRITT
Services will be held on Friday, for Mrs. Vesper Merritt who died peacefully at her Soquel home on December 18, 2010, with her family and friends at her bedside. Born in Tillamook, Oregon, she would have celebrated her 85th birthday in February. A long time resident of Willows, California, she met her husband to be Fred Merritt there, while he was stationed in Chico during WW II. She was an active member of The First Methodist Church in Willows.
Mrs. Merritt and her husband moved to Santa Cruz County in 1966, and were long time members of The Congregational Church of Soquel, and later joined Twin Lakes Church in Aptos. She was one of the original members of the Capitola Mall Walkers, and leaves many dear friends in the club who will miss her dearly. Mrs. Merritt was a self taught architect, and designed all the plans for the homes her husband built. An avid gardener, her home was always in bloom with the beautiful flowers that she personally tended to.
She is survived by her sons, Verle F. Merritt of Aptos, and Dale Merritt of Soquel, her daughter, Valerie Satterberg of Fresno, her sister, Ruth Christensen of Niece, California, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, and her beloved cat; "Bunny", whose photos were always popular within the circles of friends and fellow walkers at the mall. Her family would like to acknowledge a very special thanks to Mrs. Merritt's caregivers, Lindy McKenzie and Angela Santos, whose loving care made all the difference in both her comfort and her family's. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred Merritt in 2004, and also her brother, Verle Cline in 1945.
Friends and family will gather on Friday, December 31, 2010 at Benito and Azzaro Pacific Gardens Chapel in Santa Cruz at 11 a.m.. Rev. Gary Williams of Twin Lakes Church will officiate. Entombment will follow at Oak Hill Mausoleum (300 Curtner Ave.) in San Jose. Any kind acts of charity may be made in Mrs. Merritt's memory to Hospice of Santa Cruz ( 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA. 95066)