Stella Merritt

Obituary of Stella LaMarr Merritt

Stella LaMarr “Marcie” Merritt, 74, of Tampa, died on Thursday, August 13, 2020.

Marcie was born in Greenville, South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her parents Lake and Lula (Duncan) Ellis. She has lived in Charleston, SC; Pasadena, California; Rochester, Minnesota; Charlotte, North Carolina; Laguna Hills, California; Oconomowoc, Wisconsin; Green Bay, Wisconsin, before moving to Tampa, Florida 17 years ago. Marcie was a wife a mother of five children, and 10 grandchildren. Her faith was Messianic. She was greatly loved and respected by her large, extended family, and many friends around the world.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, John L. Merritt, M.D; her son J. Lawrence (Tammy) Merritt, II, MD, of Seattle, WA; son Bryan (Laura “Betsy”) Merritt, MD of Tampa, FL;  son Scott (Anya) Merritt, MD, of Tampa, FL;  son Ellis Merritt of Tampa, FL; daughter Ashley (Michael) Szmanda of Waukesha, WI; and brother Lake (Kathy) Ellis, of San Antonio, TX.  She left a legacy of Family, Faith, Friendship, Loyalty and Love.

Like the multitudes who have gone before, she now awaits the Resurrection with those who have gone asleep in our Messiah (Christ.) We continually pray “Thy Kingdom come and soon. His mercy is eternal. Her trumpet call is near.” 



Greenville, SC

August 21, Friday, 6 – 8 PM: Lying in State

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, 639 North Main Street, Greenville, SC  29601

August 22, Saturday 1:30 PM: Grave-side service:

McNeely/Merritt Country Cemetery: River Road (4-143) & Riverside Drive, Powdersville, SC 29673

August 22, Saturday: Reception after grave-side service

Carpenter’s House Activity Center, 3213 River Road, Powdersville, SC 29673


Tampa, Florida

August 26, Wednesday: 6:00 PM: Memorial, Celebration of Life, Service:

Cypress Point Church, 15820 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa, FL 33647

August 26, Wednesday: 7:30 PM, reception, food & fellowship at her home:

10735 Cory Lake Drive, Tampa, FL 33647



Those wishing to send flowers, send to her home at 10735 Cory Lake Drive, Tampa, FL 33647 with a suggested Tuesday August 25 arrival date.


We encourage, in-lieu of flowers, donations to Heartbeat, International, a pro-life support group.

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