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Merle Shipes Hartley, 83, of Panama City, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after a lengthly illness September 14, 2013. Mrs. Hartley was a devoted wife and loving mother. She worked at NCSC for 20 years, and was an avid lover of her two cats. Mrs. Hartley had a great love and commitment to her entire family and many friends. She always had a welcoming smile for everyone.
Mrs. Hartley was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Velera Shipes, and a brother, Willie Earl Shipes.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Len L. Hartley of Panama City; her son, Lynn Hartley and wife Wanda of Lynn Haven; two sisters, Nettie Myrle Everitte of Felton, GA and Joyce Lunell Deal and husband Doyle of Graceville; a sister-in-law, Annette Shipes of Savannah, GA; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at the Cottondale Baptist Cemetery, Inwood Road, Cottondale, FL, with Dr. John Friedman officiating. The family will receive friends at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Tuesday, September 17, from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Hartley's name may be made to Covenant Hospice, 107 W. 19th St., Panama City, FL 32405.
2403 Harrison Ave.
Panama City, Fla. 32405
2403 Harrison Avenue
Panama City, FL 32405
Published in Panama City News Herald on Sept. 16, 2013