May 14, 1920 ~ May 29, 2015

Born in: Leicester, NC,
Resided in: Jamestown, NC

Marie Sluder Merrell, 95, of Jamestown, NC, died Friday, May 29, 2015, at her home. A native of Leicester, NC, she was a daughter of the late Mark and Lucy Sluder. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Vernon M. (Pete) Merrell, son David M. Merrell, sisters LeVenia Allen, Wylma Morgan and Louise Foster, and brothers Glenn, Stans and Arliss Sluder. Mrs. Merrell was a graduate of Leicester High School and Blanton's Business College. She worked for 52 years as credit manager for Johnson-Chandley Lumber Co. She was a member of the Pilot Club of Asheville, and a former member of Biltmore Baptist Church. Mrs. Merrell moved to Jamestown, NC to be near her daughter Deana, and had resided there the last 18 years. Mrs. Merrell is survived by her daughters, Deana Freeman and husband Darrell of Jamestown, NC, and Marlene Flanders of Augusta, GA; granddaughter, Kimberly Freeman Gauldin; grandson, David M. Carter; great-grandsons, Zachary and Nathan Carter, and Will and Eli Gauldin; and brothers, Harold Sluder of Skyland, and Ronald Sluder, of Leicester. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Green Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The family would like to express their appreciation to the wonderful caregivers who loved Marie and were her special companions. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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  1. Extending deepest sympathy to Deana and Marlene. I was in school with you and in church with you and your Mother for many years.
    What a beautiful lady and testimony in her life as a Christian lady.
    With deepest sympathy.
    Betty Ponder

  2. Marlene…………….It has been a very long time since we have seen each other, sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person, I guess I’m about the last from the ole gang in the 70’s from Johnson Chandley. May God comfort you and remember the memories you have with her.

  3. Deana and Marlene, I am sorry for your loss. What a wonderful, long life your Mother had. I worked with Marie at Johnson Chandley during the 80’s. She was a lovely and joyful lady. I have many fond memories of her.

  4. Deana, so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She lived a long and full life and was blessed with a wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  5. Deana and Marlene, I am very honored I had the opportunity to spend time with your mother as one of her caregivers. She was a warm, kind, and beautiful person. She will be missed by all the lives she touched,
    With my deepest sympathies,
    Ruth Sibert

  6. Deana and Family. Thank you for the wonderful memories of your mother. She was such a loving, kindhearted, beautiful and sweet person. Everyone she came in contact with, loved her! ‘Ms Marie’ will always hold a special place in my heart and I will always cherish that. I feel very honored to have been one of her caregivers,
    She is already greatly missed…………..
    Thoughts and prayers for you and your wonderful family.
    Judi Turney

  7. Deana Kay and Marty, I am so sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing., she was always such a kind and gracious lady.. All these years later, I still have not found anyone who can match her homemade chicken salad! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. I wish I had know she had died in would have come in work for. Her and took care of pet my heart is broken i love her so much.


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