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Updated: 04/07/2014 02:50:14PM

Mildred Elizabeth Merritt

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Mildred Elizabeth Merritt, 96, of North Port, Fla., formerly of Bridgeport, Conn., went to be with the Lord Friday, April 4, 2014, under the care of Tidewell Hospice.

She was born to Levi Thaxter and Mary Elizabeth (nee Bond) Barney, Dec. 5, 1917, in Boston, Mass.

Mildred was a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church and an ordained elder in North Port, Grandmothers Club of Harbor Cove, and Nu Pi Alpha Sorority.

She was the loving mother to and survived by Robert (Marsha) Merritt, Barbara (partner, Sue Peck) Mason, Judith (Tom) Allen and Judith (John) Sharp; daughter-in-law, Lola Merritt; loving sister to Joseph (Margaret) Barney, Richard (Mary Ann) Barney and Alice Moore; grandmother to 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Benjamin Merritt; son, Bruce Merritt; and sisters, Ethel Lawrence and Edith Barney.

Memorial Service of her life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 5550 South Sumter Blvd., North Port, FL 34287, (941) 426-2552. Mildred’s final rest will be at Charlotte Memorial Cemetery, Punta Gorda, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Mildred’s memory

Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory.

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