Merlyn Mantle

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Mantle, Merlyn Merlyn Louise Mantle, widow of New York Yankees great Mickey Mantle, passed away on Monday, August 10, 2009, in Plano. She was 77. She was born January 28, 1932, in Cardin, Oklahoma to Giles and Reba Johnson. Merlyn and Mickey met two years before he debuted in the major leagues, while both were still in high school. She attended Commerce High School in northeast Oklahoma, where she was a cheerleader. The Mantles' first date was a movie along Route 66 in Miami, OK. They were married on Dec. 23, 1951 until he passed away on Aug. 13, 1995. The Mantles had four children, Mickey, Jr., David, Billy, and Danny. She co-wrote a 1996 memoir of Mr. Mantle, A Hero All His Life. She last appeared in public at the memorial service for Yankees outfielder Bobby Murcer in Oklahoma City on Aug. 5, 2008. She attended a private dinner with guests but could not attend the service the following day. Mrs. Mantle was preceded in death by her husband, Mickey Mantle and her two sons, Billy Mantle and Mickey Mantle, Jr. She is survived by her two sons, David Mantle and Danny Mantle and his wife, Kay; four grandchildren, Mallory, Marilyn, Will Chloe Mantle; sister and brother-in-law, Pat and John LaFalier; nephew, John Giles and niece, Janna Mattison. Visitation will be held from 7:00 - 9:00pm, Friday, August 14, 2009, at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, August 15, 2009, at the Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Highway Chapel, Mr. Dave Jobe officiating. Mrs. Mantle will be entombed next to her husband and children at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Bill Durham, Danny Mantle, David Mantle, Will Mantle, Billy Martin, Jr., Don Rutherford and John Giles LaFalier. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the , 4144 North Central Expressway, Ste 750, Dallas, TX 75204-3208,

Published in Dallas Morning News on Aug. 13, 2009
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