Judy Merritt

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Judy H. Merritt

LELAND — Judy Herring Merritt, formerly of Lumberton, passed away Tuesday July 1, 2014 after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS).

Judy was preceded in death by her parents James and Margie Herring, her father-in-law Robert Merritt and a son Christopher Scott Grimes.

She leaves behind her husband of thirty years, James Robert "Bob" Merritt; son, John Grimes Jr. and wife, Diane of Leland; and daughter, Lisa Grimes Girard and husband, James of Leland. She also leaves behind grandchildren, Christina Girard, Brandy (Matt) Bell, Avery (Laura) Gray, Daniel Williams, Catherine (Shawn) Rafferty, Meghan Girard and Michael Girard; a brother, James (Beverly) Herring; a sister, Sandra (David) Hart; a brother-in-law, Jody Merritt; a sister-in-law Treva Merritt, and a much beloved mother-in-law, Mildred Merritt, as well as seven great grandchildren and one spoiled puppy and companion Gidget.

Judy was the office manager at Neuwirth Motors in Wilmington before leaving at the age of 50 to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. Judy worked as a Registered Nurse at NHRMC for six years prior to retiring.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, July 5 at Andrews Market Street Chapel with a funeral to follow at 11 a.m.. Private interment services will be held following the service.

The family wishes to thank Lower Cape Fear Hospice for all of their help and compassion and especially her Nurse Melody Smith and CNA Margo Stringfield for the blessings that they gave to us during this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jim"Catfish" Hunter ALS Chapter or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

Condolences to the family at

Andrews Market Street Chapel

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Andrews Mortuary & Crematory - Market Street Chapel
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-7788
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Published in The Sampson Independent from July 2 to July 3, 2014
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