Merida Wexler

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Wexler, Merida Lee



After a 7 year struggle with Alzheimer's Disease, Merida Lee Free Wexler died in her home on March 21, 2017.

Merida was born April 11, 1939 in Rochester, New York and grew up in Delmar, New York. She studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University and Hedgerow Theatre in Pennsylvania and attended Goddard College in Vermont and Hinds Community College in Mississippi before receiving her degree in dance and Spanish at the University of New Mexico in 1980.

She met Joseph Wexler in New York City and they married in 1962. In 1964, Joe and Merida moved to New Mexico. Merida was an active person who loved travelling & outdoor adventures, including skiing and hiking in beautiful places in the US & other parts of the world. She also loved to swim, dance and sing which she did throughout the course of her life. Merida was a feminist scholar specializing in women's spirituality. She devoted much of her life to the creation of a strong and loving community of like-minded women in Albuquerque. This community has performed a variety of ceremonies celebrating the female spirit for decades.

Merida is survived by her husband Joe, her three children: Lieb, Rachel, and Perdita, her three grandchildren: Gemma, Elijah, and Rhys and her sister Carol Barnes.

A memorial celebration of her life will take place in May. Donations in her name can be made to the .

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 2, 2017
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