Maude W. Pee Wee Merchant

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Maude W. Merchant
"Pee Wee"
COLUMBIA, SC - Maude W Merchant, 94, of Columbia passed away February 10, 2016. She was born on May 2, 1921 to the late John Martin White and Doskey White Bowden in Graniteville, SC. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Gerald Culbreath Merchant, Jr. and her son, Gerald C. Merchant, III.
Pee Wee was a passionate gardener and along with her husband, grew a multitude of roses, especially hybrid tea roses. The vibrant colors a showcase for the backyard in Columbia, SC. In her hometown of Graniteville, SC, she was known as Maude, but when she settled into Forest Acres, a suburb of Columbia, she was affectionately known as, "Pee Wee." She was involved in several civic organizations and active as a volunteer for the hospital at Fort Jackson. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Graniteville and Incarnation Lutheran Church on Devine Street.
Maude is survived by her son, John Michael Merchant; grandchildren, Jamie Ford Merchant, Andrew Michael Merchant, Jenny Hudson Danford; and great-grandson, Eli.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday February 17, 2016 at Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. following the visitation. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 200 Laurel Dr., Graniteville, SC 29829 or to the City of Columbia Animal Shelter, 121 Humane Lane, Columbia, SC 29209
Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.thompsonsfuneral.com.
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Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park
845 Leesburg Rd
Columbia, SC 29209
(803) 776-1092
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Feb. 12, 2016