Merilyn Adelaide Shelley Kaplan

merilyn kaplan

August 17, 1922 ~ October 8, 2021

Born in: Cairo, GA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Merilyn Adelaide Shelley Kaplan, 99, peacefully died October 8, 2021, with family by her side at Givens Highland Farms in Black Mountain, NC.

Merilyn was born August 17, 1922 in Cairo, GA, to Volender and Elizabeth Shelley. They later relocated to Monticello, FL where she spent most of her childhood. Merilyn graduated Monticello High School in 1940.

Merilyn acquired her Nursing Diploma from Georgia Baptist Hospital in 1944. She devoted her life to caring for children at Miami Childrens Hospital. She went on to get her BSN from Florida International University, and MSN Public Health from Loma Linda University.

Merilyn was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, and her nursing career as a Pediatric Nurse.

She was an active member of the Miami SDA Church and Asheville North SDA Church.

Merilyn is survived by her daughter, Merilyn L. Honeycutt; her grandson, Matthew A. Bieler; her granddaughter, Jennifer M. Cleary; her grandson, Jonathan N. Honeycutt; and four great-grandchildren: Alec, Anna, Taryn and Sophia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. A.N. Kaplan, Jr.; her son, Vollie B. Bieler; three brothers: Fred, Hoke and Wade; and two sisters: Doris and Amaryllis.

The funeral service will be held at the Western NC State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. A viewing invitation at Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road for family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow.

In her memory, donations may be made to Givens Highland Farms Health Center, 200 Tabernacle Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711.


Graveside Service: October 14, 2021 2:00 pm

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


Visitation: October 14, 2021 12:00 pm - February 22, 2024 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. My dear Aunt Merilyn was such a sweet soul! She loved my uncle well and he adored her! I will treasure memories of times with her!

  2. Meri and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your dear mothers passing, it is so hard to lose a mother. Prayers for your family.
    Love you

  3. Peace, Prayers and Blessings to the family and friends of Merilyn. Such a sweet lady.
    My deepest sympathies

  4. Meri, we are so sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing! A.N. and Merrilyn were wonderful and dear neighbors to us for many years and we loved and cherished them. May you gain much strength through your memories of your precious Mother and the years you shared together. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family!

  5. Yes it’s been awhile since we talked, under the fig tree behind Grandpa’s home, you should me how to pick them, being a Brooklyn boy a grew to love them, I wish we could go back, but I will meet you one day under that Fig tree. I truly loved you. Never forget

  6. I just learned of Ms. Kaplan’s passing. To the family and friends, please accept my sincere heartfelt condolences and prayers during your time of grief and loss. Anything I can do, just let me know.

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