Betty Jane Mercer, 89, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on the 5th of March, 2014. Betty was a living example of a loving Christian to her family, church, and friends.
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She was born on February 21, 1925 to James Alvin and Charley Mayre Bane in Los Angeles, California. She is survived by her daughters, Teri Johnson, Meri Stern, and Jeri Ruiz, her sons-in-law, William Johnson, Tom Stern, and Luis Ruiz, her grandchildren, Christina Tarver, Mike Rogers, Christopher and Stephen Alfaro, and Taylor, Chandler, and Damian Ruiz, and her six and one half great-grandchildren as well as numerous step grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, David Alan Mercer and her ex-husband and friend David Ohm Mercer.
Betty graduated from Washington High School in Los Angeles, California in 1943 and attended Valley College in San Bernardino, California. She worked as an escrow/loan officer for many years eventually opening her own escrow business in Mammoth Lakes, California, Resort Escrow Services.
She lived in Alaska back in the 1960's, returning in 1994. She worked for the Wasilla Senior Center holding positions from cook to office. She had a servants heart, volunteering to help with many of their events as well as running the food bank at the Senior Center.
Betty spent many years volunteering in Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting. She loved to crochet, making hats and baby blankets for those in need. She served her church family of Grace Communion International for many years and brought her passion for serving to her new family of faith at Sunny Knik Chapel. As a student of God's word, she gathered her strength from the authority of that word. Everything she did was to glorify God.
She loved singing to the Lord, dancing, writing Christian love stories about seniors, talking politics, playing cards and dominos, and traveling. She loved being in Alaska and often commented that it was "like living in a National Park."
A Memorial Celebration is being held at two o'clock in the afternoon on March 29, 2014 at Sunny Knik Chapel, Mile 14 Knik-Goose Bay Road in Wasilla.
Betty desired that any contributions in her memory be directed to the building fund at Sunny Knik Chapel, 10774 S Knik-Goose Bay Road, Wasilla, AK 99623.
Arrangements were made with Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel & Crematory, LLC.
Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel
440 E. Klatt Road Anchorage, AK 99515
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2014