Josephine Bell Meritt (Josie) passed peacefully in the early hours of Friday, July 23, 2021 at her home in Ravenna Michigan. Josie was born in Fairfield IL May 23, 1944 to Elizabeth Jane (Hodges) Meritt & Courtney Meritt. Josie was born with cerebral palsy, and out lived her life expectancy by more than sixty years due to the loving and selfless care from her sister Barbara Crowell. Josie loved nothing more than a purse & billfold, orange Tic Tac and the Christmas holiday. Josie spent many years working at Goodwill Special Needs program in Muskegon MI, and had an impeccable attendance record. The last few years Josie spent time at Life Circles in Muskegon where she enjoyed her very own electric wheel chair, and the independence it provided.
Josie is survived by her sister Barbara Lou Crowell, of Ravenna Michigan, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Josie had many nurses that assisted with her care but none more special than Safya Bellachia of Life Circles in Muskegon. Preceding Josie in death were her parents Elizabeth & Courtney Meritt and nine of her brothers and sisters all from Fairfield Illinois.
Graveside services for Josie Meritt will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, July 31st, 2021 at Simpson Cemetery, Burnt Prairie, Illinois with visitation immediately before the service starting at 10:00 am at the cemetery.
Funeral Services provided through Nale’s Funeral Home, 106 East Center Street, Fairfield IL, 62837. Condolences may be left for the family at www.nalesfuneralhome.com.
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