Sunrise July 6, 1947, Mary Ethel Hodges was the 2nd child born to Eddie Hodges and Guessie Haywood in San Antonio, Texas. Even though her name was Mary everyone called her “Priss”. Mary attended Wheatley Heights High school and attended St. Philips College where she obtained her degree in nursing as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 1969.
Mary worked as a nurse at Highland Nursing Center, River City Care Center, San Pedro Manor and Buena Vida Nursing and Rehabilitation of San Antonio faithfully until her illness. Her natural gift was always serving people which was exemplified through mentoring and being preceptor to many nurses, sharing the wisdom and experience that she gained over her 51 year career.
On February 2, 1966, Mary was united in matrimony to Robert E. Merrill and to this union 5 children were born; Chris, Robert, Princess, Robinette and Robin.
Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Merrill, father Eddie Hodges, mother Guessie Haywood, sister Arlene Haywood, brothers Floyd Haywood, Clarence Haywood and Carl O’Neal and daughter Princess Merrill.
She leaves to cherish her memory; sons Chris (Sharon) Merrill, Robert (Natasha) Merrill, daughter Robinette (Tavis) Philliphs, and Robin (Annetra) Merrill, sister Rita Haywood, sister-in-law’s Georgie O’Neal and Jane Merrill, 19 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousin and friends.
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the funeral service and interment will be private.
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