CONTINENTAL - Carlita P. Merritt, 85, of Continental died 9:45 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 2013 at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
She was born May 31, 1928, in Sullivan County, Tenn. to the late Wence Byrl and Katie Kathryn (Malone) Perry. On March 8, 1947, she married Alburn James Merritt, who died Sept. 20, 1979.
She is survived by her children, Kathryn Dianne (Bruce) Dukes and Michael (Kathleen) Merritt both of Continental; seven grandchildren; a step-grandchild; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Charlotte Horton of Gray, Tenn., Thelma (Hammond) Steffey of Bluff City, Tenn. and Joann Couch of Falls Church, Va.; and a sister-in-law, Jackie Perry of Bluff City, Tenn.
Preceding her in death is a daughter, Donna Diemer; two brothers, Harley Perry and Randall Perry; and special friend Arlo Wolfe.
Carlita was a homemaker and a member of North Creek Methodist Church in North Creek, the Continental Order of Eastern Star #129 where she was Past Matron, a former Mother advisor for the Order of Rainbow Girls Defiance Assembly and a member of the New Bavaria VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking and sewing.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 4, at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental with Rev. Charles Schmunk officiating. Burial was in Monroe Cemetery, Continental.
Memorial contributions may be donated to Putnam County CAP program or Alzheimer's Association.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.heitmeyerfuneralhome.com.