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Merle Miller Shortlidge, 93, of Colonial Heights, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Brighter Living Assisted Living in Hopewell. A native of Columbia, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Edward R. and Elizabeth Cranford Miller. She was the widow of Thomas F. Shortlidge, and was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Skenes.

Merle was a longtime and faithful member of the Wesley United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two sons, John R. Shortlidge and wife, Cindy, of Colonial Heights, and Thomas E. Shortlidge and wife, Paula of Orlando, Fla.; a daughter, Carole Ann Livesay and husband, David, of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandsons, Marshall Johnson III of Dendron, Jamey T. Shortlidge of Colonial Heights, Robert T. Shortlidge and Tyler W. Shortlidge of Orlando, Fla.; and granddaughters, Macon Nicole Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla., Alexa Lynn Shortlidge of Colonial Heights; and a nephew, Robert Skenes of Jacksonville, Fla.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 3701 Conduit Road, Colonial Heights, Va. Burial to follow in Southlawn Memorial Park, Prince George. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church or the , 9221 Forest Avenue, Richmond, VA 23235.

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E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory
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Colonial Heights, VA 23834
(804) 526-3400
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Published in The Progress-Index on Mar. 4, 2014
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