Velma Ruth Gaudet Merritt

CROWLEY – Velma Ruth Gaudet Merritt, a lifelong resident of Crowley, departed life on Sunday, Jan. 6 at the age of 100.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Old Crowley Cemetery on Saturday, Jan., 19, 2013. Rev, Herman Ogea, Pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church will officiate the services.

She was born in Donaldsonville on May 11, 1912 to Elmer Leonce Gaudet and the former Sarah “Sadie” Adele Menzies.

She was a graduate of Crowley High School and was employed by Bell South Company in Crowley in her earlier years.

In November 1955 she married David Vincent Merritt of Wright and lived on his rice farm for 22 years until his death in 1978. She then returned to the family home in Crowley.

She was a faithful member of Trinity Episcopal Church until her declining years prevented her from attending church. She enjoyed national and international travel, gardening, animals and was an accomplished artist. She lived most of her life in Crowley, until moving to The Loyalton Assisted Living in Biloxi, Miss. three years ago.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David Vincent Merritt; and her brother, Dr. Elmer Lawrence Gaudet and his wife, Loretta Dorothy, of Natchez, Miss.

She is survived by two nephews, Dr. Elmer Lawrence Gaudet Jr. and his wife, Dorethea, of Biloxi and Dr. Edward Leon Gaudet and his wife, Mary Jane, of Natchez; a niece, Dorothy Louise Gaudet Rainer, also of Natchez; one grandnephew; four grandnieces; two great-grandnephews; and nine great-grandnieces.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to Ruth’s longtime neighbors Kevin and Holly Broussard for their friendship and the help they generously gave over many years.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.geesey-ferguson.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Geesey-Ferguson Funeral Home of Crowley.

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