Louise Biggs Merritt, 89, passed away on Good Friday, April 2, 2021 at a Charleston, SC assisted living facility.
Louise was born in Comanche, TX to Mr. & Mrs. J.C. Biggs on September 29, 1931.
She graduated from and received her nurse’s training from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. While working as a registered nurse in the Beaumont area, she met George Fayette Merritt and they were married at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica in Galveston, TX on October 3, 1959. Fayette retired from the Coast Guard in 1973 and they moved to Pensacola, FL to raise their children.
Louise’s green thumb helped foster a lifelong love of African Violets, as well as all horticulture in general. She was a member of the African Violet Society of Pensacola, the Dixie African Violet Society, the African Violet Society of America, and the Pick ‘N Poke Garden Club of Pensacola. She attended many Violet Club and Garden Club events, often as a judge, teacher or participant, or simply as an enthusiast. She loved going to violet shows across the country and in the south east, as well as teaching others about violets.
Her grandchildren, Curtis and Cristall, were very dear to her and she enjoyed spending time with them. She and Fayette were blessed with a long, happy life together. Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Fayette, her parents, J.C. and Bonnie Biggs, and her brothers Dale Biggs and Lloyd Biggs. Louise is survived by her son, George F. Merritt, Jr (Diann), daughter Bonnie Miley (Bob), grandson George Curtis Merritt (Kelsea), granddaughter Cristall Merritt (Jake) and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral mass and celebration of her life and the life of her late husband, George “Fayette” Merritt will be held on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 10:00am at the Laredo Chapel on Ft. Barrancas, Pensacola Fl. Interment will follow at the Fort's National Cemetery.. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Louise’s name to one of the following: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (https://alzfdn.org/support-us/), National Hospice Foundation https://nhpco.org, Respite Care Charleston, https://respitecarecharleston.org/, or a charity of your choice.