Frances F. Merlino, 96, passed away peacefully June 19, 2013, at her home in Homosassa, Fla. She was born Feb. 26, 1917, she lived a beautiful long active life and was an avid golfer until the age of 94.
She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, John Merlino; daughters, L. Jane (Jim) Pennebaker, Patricia (Tom) Horne; a son-in-law, Byron Ball; and a sister-in-law, Connie Brandy. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jerrilea Ball. Other survivors include, 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; three nieces and their families.
A memorial service is planned to celebrate her life in the near future. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270 Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Strickland Funeral Home with Crematory Crystal River, assisted the family with arrangements.