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Betty Jo Merritt of Clay County

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Betty Jo Merritt, 83, of Clay County, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, at her residence on Homestead Lane.

Betty Jo Merritt

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, at the Jefferson Street Baptist Church in Wichita Falls with Rev. Leonard Brothers, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery in Henrietta under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Henrietta.

Mrs. Merritt was born on July 5, 1928, in Seminole, Okla., to Joseph Henry and Ola Eva (Reed) Edings. She married Thomas “Tex” Merritt on Jan. 28, 1953, in Wichita County. She was a homemaker, a military wife and a member of the Jefferson Street Baptist Church. During her time as owner and creator of “Dolls by Mom”, she created and donated many dolls and bedtime buddies to various children’s charities. She was a seamstress for Dolls by Mom, The Clothespin and Petticoat Junction.

She is preceded in death by husband Tom.

Survivors include one son, Danny Merritt of Wichita Falls; four daughters, Linda Dickerson of Wichita Falls, Diane Roberts and husband Frankie of Henrietta, Pam Stewart and husband Randy of Henrietta, and Angela Laster and husband Steve of Seguin; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Hafemeister and husband Alex of Wichita Falls; and two brothers, James Edings and wife Kate of Oklahoma and John Edings of Redding, Calif.

The family will be at Davis Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls at P.O. Box 4804, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308, or Jefferson Street Baptist Church at 401 Jefferson St., Wichita Falls, Texas 76306.

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