Gladys Irene Meritt

Gladys (Irene) Meritt, 86, of Mount Carmel, Illinois formerly of Oregon, Ohio  passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 surrounded by her family. She was born on December 12, 1934 in Wichita, Kansas. Irene married Leland Owen Meritt on October 8, 1952 and together they enjoyed forty-seven years of marriage centered on their family before his passing on January 6, 2000.  After his passing, Irene married Henry (Sonny) Rigg on January 24, 2003 and he preceded her in death on December 19, 2013. Irene will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many.  She was a genuinely sweet person who loved life and people.  Irene treasured her family and always looked forward to their time and travel together. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed helping people. She was a faithful member of Keensburg Christian Church and the former East Christian Church in Oregon, Ohio and loved her church family.  Irene will be missed by her family and all who knew her. Left to cherish her memory are her four daughters, Regina (Dexter) Locklear, Sheri Meritt, Kim (Ron) Baker and Kay (David) Barrix; Grandchildren; Stephanie, Lauren, Shane, Misti, Robbie, Heather, Jake, Aubry and twenty-one great grandchildren with one on the way and many loved family members. Irene was preceded in death by her husbands, Leland Meritt and Henry (Sonny) Rigg; son, Bruce Meritt; grandson, Jeffery Hendricks; brothers; Jack and Bob Gooden and sisters Ida Belle McGuire, Darlene Lowery and Gayle Malcom. 



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