Patsy Louise Merrick was born to Pleamon and Lila (Meador) London in Patterson, Mo., on Dec. 30, 1937. She died in Hood River, Ore., on May 18, 2009, at the age of 71.
When she was about 21 years old, she moved from Missouri to White Salmon. She worked as a bartender for various establishments in the area and was a longtime employee of Underwood Fruit, for over 20 years. She was a social person who led a very uncomplicated life.
Mrs. Merrick was a master at turning "trash into treasures" with her knack for using recycled materials in her crafts. She was an avid watcher of QVC and subsequently owned almost every piece of exercise equipment ever made, along with all of the Richard Simmons fitness tapes. She enjoyed collecting cows in all shapes and forms and dearly loved being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also liked spending time with her close friend and neighbor, Cleo Brasuell, who often took Patsy on errands, to appointments and just out for fun.
Mrs. Merrick is survived by her daughter, Kim Morby, Cook; brother Don London, White Salmon; sister Flora Hamlin, Missouri; granddaughters Tina Jeter and Andrea Vincent; and great grandchildren Tori, Nica, Andrew, Danielle, Emmit, Indiana and Dara. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald O. Merrick, daughter Lisa Merrick, sister Jean Martin and brothers Bill and Jack London.
A memorial service was held at Gardner Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. A potluck followed at the White Salmon Elks Lodge.