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WEST MONROE, LA - Merritt Robertson died Wednesday night, December 16, 2009 in West Monroe following a long life. She was 95.
Funeral services will be held at the Church of Christ, 900 North Pine Street in Vivian, LA on Friday, December 18th at 3pm preceded by visitation from 1-3pm at the church building.
Born September 16, 1914 in Vivian, Mrs. Robertson lived through the turbulent years of the Great Depression, Roaring Twenties, booming area oil fields and World Was II as an active participant.
She was married to James H. Robertson in 1934 by James' father, Euan E. Robertson, a long-time Vivian justice of the peace. The newly-weds spent several years following the oil fields as James worked as roughneck and driller in such finds as Pine Island, Rodessa, Golden Meadow and Homer in Louisiana. They also made the East Texas and Oklahoma City booms.
During World Was II, Mrs. Robertson worked as a riveter at Consolidated Aircraft in San Diego, CA, making wings for B-29 bombers, while James served as Fireman First Class in the US Navy there. Merritt typified "Rosie the Riveter", a media creation who represented the millions of women who went to work during the war at jobs normally held by men.
Following the war, the Robertson's returned to Vivian, first living in town and eventually settling on a farm belonging to one of James' aunts, on the Hosston Road where the last of their seven children was born. During this time, Merritt worked as a licensed practical nurse for the Pardue-Speer Hospital.
The family later moved to Dixie, then to Luna. While in Luna she and James were instrumental in the founding of The Duck Commander, an international sporting goods business.
As her own children began to have children of their own, Merritt began a new career as "Granny" to third and fourth generations of grandchildren and great grandchildren - as well as two great-great grandchildren.
She is survived by six children: James F. and wife Connie of Elgin, TX, Harold G. and wife Mary of Farmerville, Thomas S. and wife Nancy of Lindale, TX, Phil A. and wife Kay of Luna, Silas M. and wife Christine of West Monroe and Janice E. Dasher and husband Gordon of Luna. She was predeceased by one daughter, Judith A. who married James P. Gimber. She is also survived by one sister Mary Sue Alexander of Vivian, 22 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff of the Landmark Nursing Home in West Monroe for its care and support during Mrs. Robertson's last months.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gorsulowsky Funeral Home in Vivian. Grandsons will be pallbearers. Gorsulowsky Funeral Home
Vivian, LA 318-375-3339
Published in Shreveport Times on Dec. 18, 2009