December 22, 1945 ~ August 9, 2017
Eunice Lorene Merritt, born in Berwyn, IL December 22, 1945 to Edgar and Lorene Abraham went to her heavenly home August 9, 2017 in Wichita, KS. Surviving is her husband of 51 years, Gary Merritt along with her children, Carrie and Lee Cherian, Darren and Elizabeth Merritt and Martin and Cassandra Merritt. Her pride and joy are her grandchildren; Carreena Merritt, Grayson Merritt, Zachary Merritt, Madeline Merritt, Anna Merritt, Christopher Cherian, Jackson Merritt, Evelyn Merritt, Henry Merritt, Leata Merritt and Maggie Merritt.
Also surviving are her sister-in-law, Carolyn Sandell, brother-in-law John Saunders, “sisters” Pam Lagasse, Lynette Alexander along with many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends made family along the way.
Although Eunice worked outside the home off and on, her primary occupation was being a homemaker and support staff. A life-long Lutheran, she relished the roles of Lutheran Principle’s wife, Lutheran minister’s wife and Developmental Officer’s wife within the Lutheran Institutions throughout the country, including Desoto, MO, Galvaston, TX, Portland OR, Selma AL and Easton, KS.
Eunice and her husband retired five years ago to Caldwell, KS where she made Caldwell her home.
Visitation will be held Thursday evening, August 17, 2017 at the Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell, Kansas from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Zion Lutheran Church 101 E. Cherry, Argonia, KS with inurnment in the Caldwell City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in memory of Eunice to the Zion Lutheran Church, PO Box 205, Argonia, KS 67004 or left in care of Schaeffer Mortuary 6 N. Main, Caldwell, KS 67022.
Gary and Family-
Elaine Lippold - 08/11/2017
Harold and I were so sorry to hear of the death of Eunice and know how she is going to be missed by all who knew and loved her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family during this tough time. Thinking of you - Elaine and Harold Lippold, Mankato Kansas
In Loving Memory of a dear friend
Sharon & Henry - 08/11/2017
She and her family were dear friends when they attended Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Battle Ground Wa. Though we did not see them very often for the past 30 years, we kept in touch by telephone and letters. We also carry them in our hearts. We will surely miss hearing from Eunice but we know that there is a great reunion coming one day. Our memories and the Lord will help us all heal. We pray that God will continue to keep the family in His arms as He has all these years.
Our prayers are with your family
The Bonner Family - 08/12/2017
We were heartbroken for you to hear of your loss. Eunice was such a beautiful soul, full of light. Though this world is now missing a little bit of this brightness, heaven is that much brighter. Our prayers are with you for peace and comfort during this difficult time.
My dear friend now in Heaven
Ida Cherian - 08/14/2017
On July 27th, 2002, the wedding day of our children, Eunice became an important part of my life and a member of my family. She became my son Leon's mother in law and my very dear friend. From the first time we met, our friendship grew stronger with each passing year. We enjoyed participating in family events, talking on the phone, and exchanging holiday and birthday gifts. Eunice was a lovely, sweet, good, kind, caring lady, mother and grandmother. When I was told of her passing I was devastated. Tears of sadness continually ran down my face. She left us way too young. I truly, truly, liked her, enjoyed her, and loved her. My family and I will miss her very much and I have no doubt that she now resides in Heaven.
Lucy Bova & Family - 08/16/2017
We are sadden by the loss of your mother. We hope that the Lord can give you strength through these hard times. You and your family will be in our hearts and prayers. With deepest sympathy God Bless you.
Dear Gary and Family --
Lisa Moreland - 08/17/2017
I still can't believe that Eunice is gone sad When I heard about her death, I was reading a book (what a shock, huh?!), and I immediately thought "Eunice would like this!!"
Eunice was an avid reader and came to the Caldwell Public Library at least once a week. In fact, she led our last Book Club and suggested the book for our September meeting. The reality of her death will probably really sink in when Eunice isn't there.
I also enjoyed taking pilates with Eunice! She was always so pleasant and funny and kind.
I am so sorry for your loss, Gary, and I can only imagine the void that you are feeling.
With love and sadness, Lisa Moreland
Gary and family, please
Marsha Garwick - 08/18/2017
Gary and family, please accept my condolence for your loss. Eunice was a wonderful person and I truly feel blessed to have known her.