Lee Merritt Hargrove, went to be with the Lord on Friday, the 26th of July 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. Lee was born in Austin, Texas on the 4th of June 1951 to William and Beverly Merritt Jr.
Lee graduated with honors from St. John's School in Houston Class of 1969, where she was both a scholar and an athlete. She received a bachelor of arts with honors as well as a bachelor of science in medical technology from the University of Texas at Austin. For many years Lee worked as a registered medical technologist and later in life worked as a paralegal, but her true passion was her family. Lee loved to serve at her church teaching Sunday school, leading small group bible studies, Vacation Bible School, and singing in the church choir. Most recently Lee was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she and her husband were involved with the Boomers Sunday School Class.
Lee is survived by her husband of 40 years, C. David Hargrove; her loving children, Carey Jefferson Hargrove II and wife, Brandi and their daughter, Alexa Lee; Kathryn Kirkman Hargrove and friend, Robert "Randy" Roach Jr. and his son, Harrison; CW2 William Clayton Hargrove and wife, Haley. Lee is also survived by her parents, William and Beverly Merritt Jr.; sister, Lynn Merritt Yarbrough and husband, Richard; brother, William Moore Merritt III and wife, Karen; sister-in-law, Jan Hargrove Habitzreiter and husband, Ron; brother-in-law, Richard M. Hargrove and partner, Jack Hull. Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service is to be conducted at half-past one o'clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the 30th of July, in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street in Houston, where Dr. Bill Heston, Executive Pastor, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the Fellowship Hall.
Prior to the service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Lee's memory may be directed to World Vision, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA, 98063; the Prison Fellowship Ministry, 7015 Gulf Freeway, #170, Houston, TX, 77087; or the Children's Ministry at First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street, Houston, TX, 77004.
Published in Houston Chronicle from July 28 to July 29, 2013