Danatta Jones Merryday
Danatta Ellaphair Jones was born in Arcadia, FL, August 9th, 1929 to a hard working farm family. Life on the farm ignited her love for plants, propagation, and all God's critters. Her education spanned from a two room schoolhouse, to graduation from Desoto High School at 16, to studying Biology and Education at Florida State College for Women. She completed her studies as a member of the last women's class at FSCW which became the newly recognized Florida State University during the final year of her education. After graduation, she taught high school science in Madison, Florida, where she met her husband Henry Crill Merryday and they married July 1, 1954. She retired as a teacher to become a full time mother and homemaker and the Merryday's moved to Tallahassee in 1959, where they remained for the rest of her life.
Active members of Saint Paul's United Methodist Church and the Ed Wynn Sunday School class since they arrived in Tallahassee, she was a warm generous friend and neighbor. Her welcoming nature formed lifelong friendships. She was a member of the Tallahassee Garden Club and always kept her love of nature, turning her yard into a plant nursery, butterfly garden, and bird sanctuary. Particularly dear to her heart were hummingbirds.
Serving others was her life. She cared for the sick, delivered Meals on Wheels, served through her church and took care of her parents. She was an excellent cook, delighting in sharing food with others especially the large family gatherings at her house and at the Jones Thanksgiving camp. A particular pleasure was for her and Crill to spend a month annually at Mexico Beach where friends and family often came to share the pleasure of her hospitality.
Danatta died peacefully at her home on May 15 surrounded by her loving family. She was a loving wife to Crill for 58+ years, proud mother to Dana (Amy), Crill (Jill), Glenn Powell (Marvin), grandmother to Audrey (Wayne Haas), Emily, Justin (Samantha), Jordan, Clinton, Ben, Henry, Hugh, and great grandmother to Naomi, Titus. She is also survived by a sister, Phala Bernhardt (Lacey Moore) and her beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2013 at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m., Friday at Beggs Funeral Home, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL. 32311, (850)942-2929.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1700 N. Meridian Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32303.