Virginia Lee Merrill
1932 - 2017
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Virginia Lee Merrill CROWLEY--Virginia Lee Merrill, 85, passed from this life at home, with loved ones by her side on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. INURNMENT: Glen Rose Cemetery, with a celebration of life at a later date. MEMORIALS: Her memory may be honored with a gift to the John and Virginia Merrill Scholarship endowment at Ranch Management Program, TCU Box 297420, Fort Worth, TX 76129. Virginia was born to William Luther and Frances Kimmel Knight on May 4, 1932. She graduated from Glen Rose High School, Tarleton State University, and Texas Christian University. On Sept. 6, 1952, Virginia married John Merrill and spent the next 65 years as his beloved wife, lover, partner, and friend. She was a dedicated homemaker who nurtured three children on the family ranch in Tarrant County, and she imbued them, by example, with a love of books and an avid interest in every aspect of the world around them. She was involved in the ranch work and bookkeeping. Virginia was the personification of an open heart, which was so apparent to others that strangers would come to her in the grocery store to share their life stories. Her children and grandchildren absolutely adored her, as did her extended family. We celebrate a life well lived and well loved. SURVIVORS: Her husband; children, Suzanne Allard, John Merrill Jr., and Will Merrill; and grandchildren, Jason Allard, Catherine Avery, and Ginnie Merrill.

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Published in Star-Telegram from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2017.
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January 26, 2018
Chip and Family, So sorry to hear of Ginny's passing. She was such a gracious lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Fee Busby
January 25, 2018
It was a pleasure to meet Ginny. John always spoke kindly of his wife and family. She was truly a lady. She will be missed by family and friends.
Jan Duck Wiedemann
January 3, 2018
To Willie & Root, I was so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing; but, hope that you will find comfort in your memories and knowing that you will see her again one day. From all that I have heard, she was a really beautiful Lady. Praying for God's Grace, Strength & Peace to you and all of your family for the days to come. Your Friend,
June Jones
January 2, 2018
Chip and family, our prayers, sympathy and love go out to you. Virginia's warm, sweet caring smile will never be forgotten. May your precious memories of and with her give you peace and support in your time of sorrow.

All our love Gary and Glenda Donart
January 2, 2018
So very sorry to learn of Mrs. Merrill moving on to Better Place. She was a true Lady and Wonderful person. Her passing is a loss for all that knew her.
Dick Winters
January 1, 2018
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are praying for comfort and peace for the family.
Ray Lindamood Family
December 30, 2017
"Neither death or life, nor things here, or things
to come.......will separate us from Gods love."
May God give your family his comfort. Rom. 8: 38, 39
Frankie W.
December 30, 2017
Oh, John, I just read of Ginny's death and I am sincerely sorry for your loss. The obituary said it best: "Virginia was the personification of an open heart." How fortunate you both were to have had each other all these years. Please know of my deepest sympathy.

Old time friend, Joan Hewatt Swaim
Joan Swaim
December 30, 2017
So very sorry for your loss.Prayers to the family for your loss of a loving family member.
Walter Jones
December 30, 2017
Dearest John and Family,
I am so very deeply sorry to hear of Ginny's passing.

For Ginny and for John

The sunrise paints the sky at breaking day
The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea
Cool water flows through an endless sea of deep green grasses
Seen from atop the finest horses
A life defined by joy and grace
and love eternal - we embrace
The promise given us that they
Will meet us there - And So we pray
As sunrise paints the sky at breaking day

My love to you all,
Trudy Fair
Trudy Fair
December 30, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. I will be keeping your family in my prayers. Love and sympathy,
Melony Chandler
December 30, 2017
I am deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God sustain you and help you endure each day as needed.
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