Merridy W. Hoover
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FRAZEYSBURG: "absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." 2 Cor.5:8 Merridy went home on July 7th, 2012 to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ after battling ovarian cancer for many years. She was born on November 8, 1942 in California to Douglas and Mabel (Martin) Roesch. She met Jim Hoover, the love of her life, in June of 1962 while crossing the English Channel on the way to a summer college program in Switzerland. Jim was in the Ohio Air National Guard stationed in Etaine, France. They married May 9, 1964. She enjoyed her younger years at Newport Beach and her high school days in Scottsdale, Arizona, but it was in the rolling hills of their farm in Ohio where Merridy found her greatest peace and pleasures.
Merridy was a follower of Jesus Christ and worshiped at the Perryton Church of Christ. Her greatest joys in life were being a wife, mother and grandmother and spending time with family and friends. She received her BA from Ohio University. Merridy passionately believed that every human life born and unborn was precious and God given. As Executive Director of Heartbeats for many years, Merridy tried to share her faith and belief in the sanctity of life in a loving and positive way. Those who knew Merridy could see the joy in her life and will always remember her smile.
Merridy is survived by her husband Jim and their sons and daughters-in-laws David and Karen Hoover, Daniel and Jess Hoover, grandchildren Jimmy, Emily, Austin and Siarra, family members Roland and Ann Roesch, Anthony and Marilyn Roesch, Bob and Kathy Hoover, John & Cindy Hetlzer, Roberta Durant, Jan Dunbar, Mother-in-law Lucille Hoover, many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and her sisters and brothers in Christ.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her little brother Dougie Roesch, Sister Barbara Johnson and Father-in-law Kenneth Hoover.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at the Licking Valley Church of Christ, 1587 Dayton Rd., Newark, Ohio on Saturday morning at 9:00 AM with Rev. Craig Mulpas officiating. Family and friends may visit with the family after the memorial service or they may visit during calling hours on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Brucker-Kishler Funeral, 985 N. 21st Street.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartbeats of Licking County, 336 East Main St., Newark, Ohio 43822.
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Published in the Advocate from July 8 to July 9, 2012