Merritt

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Patricia Fredna Tucker Merritt of Bushnell, passed away on Saturday July 28, 2018 in St. Petersburg. She was born on March 18, 1932, to Coyette (Ragland) and Patrick Tucker of Bibb County, Ala. She graduated from Albert G. Parish High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Jefferson Hillman School of Nursing and the University of Alabama. She worked as a registered nurse for 43 years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved serving in her Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Red Hat Club, fishing, sewing, being a fan at all her family's sporting events and loved South Sumter Raiders, Florida State University and University of Alabama Football. Survivors include her children Sabrina (Randy) Baker of Wildwood, Cheryl (Phil) Sanchez of Treasure Island and Derl (Lisa) Merritt of Bushnell; grandchildren: Jarrett Baker of Bushnell, Derek (Brianne) Baker of Center Hill, Jason (Ashley) Sanchez, Jarrett (Lisa) Sanchez and Chase (Paula) Sanchez of St. Petersburg; eight great-grandchildren: Callie, Kennedy and Khloe Baker, Tucker, Sawyer, Haven, Preston and Skyler Sanchez; sister Bettie-Jean Golden of Montgomery, Ala.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Merritt is preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Joe D. "Buddy" Merritt, sisters, Melba Cummings of San Jose, Ca. and Linda Shoemaker of Birmingham, Ala.
Services will be held at Purcell Funeral Home Chapel Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018 at 2 p.m. with a time of visitation starting at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Sumterville Cemetery, Sumterville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lane Purcell Hospice c/o Cornerstone Hospice 2445 Lane Park Rd. Tavares, FL 32778. Arrangements entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, FL.

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Purcell Funeral Home
114 West Noble Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513
(352) 793-4531
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Published in Sumter County Times on Aug. 9, 2018