Leta Merrell

Leta Lorene Merrell

Thursday, August 7th, 1930 - Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
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Leta Lorene Merrell, 89, of Independence, MO, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2020. A visitation will be held from 11:00am-12:30pm with a funeral service following at 2:00pm, both at New Hope Baptist Church, 18000 E. Lexington, Independence, MO 64058. Interment will follow at Mt. Washington Cemetery.

Leta was born August 7, 1930, to Frank and Flossie Nations. After her kids were in school, she worked as a dietitian, most recently at Independence Regional Hospital. She was a long-time member of New Hope Baptist Church where she served in the kitchen ministry and wherever she was needed.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband of 62 years, John Henry Merrell; and seven siblings.

She is survived by her daughters and son, Debra Kirkendall; Theresa Willard and husband Kenny; Donna Hawkins; Carol Merrell, all of Independence, MO; Dianna Jones and husband Danny, Richmond, MO; son John H. Merrell, Jr. and husband Bob Williams, Kansas City, MO; twenty-two grandchildren and thirty-eight great grandchildren; as well as a sister, Frankie Merrell.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to New Hope Baptist Church.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, January 27th, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:30pm
    Monday, January 27th, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
    New Hope Baptist Church
    18000 E. Lexington
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, January 27th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, January 27th, 2020 2:00pm
    New Hope Baptist Church
    18000 E. Lexington
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Mount Washington Cemetery

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