Merle Hartley (1930 - 2013)

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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.

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2403 Harrison Ave.
Panama City, Fla. 32405
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Panama City, FL 32405
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Published in Panama City News Herald on Sept. 16, 2013
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