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Vanita Carol (Harrod) & Kenneth Rogers Merrill

Warren Cemetery Photo
Norman, Cleveland County, Oklahoma


Photo by: Jan Fendley

Posted by Janet Laubhan Flickinger
Oct 20, 1932 - Dec 12, 2011

 

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Merrill, Vanita Carol (Harrod) died Monday, December 12, 2011 in Norman, Oklahoma. 

She was born in Martha, Oklahoma on the 20th of October 1932 to Van and Eula Mae (High) Harrod.  She grew up in Olton, Texas and graduated as the Olton High School valedictorian in 1949.  After high school, she attended Bethany-Peniel College (later renamed Southern Nazarene University) and graduated summa cum laude in 1953.  She married Kenneth Merrill in 1954 and lived in Evanston, Illinois, for four years.  In 1958, they moved to Norman, where Kenneth taught at the University of Oklahoma for forty-seven years.  Vanita briefly taught elementary school and worked as an editorial assistant at Books Abroad (later renamed World Literature Today).  She loved literature and maintained a lively correspondence with many people over the years.  She excelled at writing, sewing, cooking, or anything else she put her hand to.

Vanita is survived by her husband, Kenneth Merrill, of Norman; four sisters:  Marjorie Biggs, of Bethany, Oklahoma; Betty Stilley of Kansas City, Kansas; Joye Meeker, of Flower Mound, Texas; and Jackie Fowler, of Papillion, Nebraska; one brother, Duane Harrod, of Lubbock, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; plus a few great-great-nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her son, Gavin.  In her quiet, thoughtful way, she exemplified Jesus' benediction “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

The family will greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 15, 2011 at Havenbrook Funeral Home, 3401 Havenbrook St., Norman.  Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 16, 2011 in the Chapel of the Havenbrook Funeral Home with interment following in Warren Cemetery.
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Another Obit for Vanita by Jo Aguirre

Services for Vanita Merrill were held at 2 p.m.  December 16, 2011 in Havenbrook Funeral Home chapel. Burial followed  in Warren Cemetery under direction of Havenbrook Funeral Home.Vanita  Carol Harrod was born October 20, 1932, in Martha to Van and Eula Mae (High) Harrod and died Monday December 12.2011 in Norman.
 
She grew up in Olton, Texas, and graduated as  valedictorian in 1949 from  Olton High School. After high school, she attended Bethany-Peniel College, later renamed Southern Nazarene University, and graduated in 1953 summa cum laude.
 
She married Kenneth Merrill in 1954 and lived in Evanston, Ill., for four years. In 1958, they moved to Norman, where Kenneth taught at the University of Oklahoma for 47 years. Vanita briefly taught elementary school and worked as an editorial assistant at Books Abroad, later renamed World Literature Today. 
She loved literature and maintained a lively correspondence with many people over the years. She excelled at writing, sewing, cooking or anything else she put her hand to. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Gavin.
 
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth of Norman; four sisters, Marjorie Biggs of Bethany, Betty Stilley of Kansas City, Kan., Joye Meeker of Flower Mound, Texas, and Jackie Fowler of Papillion, Neb.; one brother, Duane Harrod of Lubbock, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; plus a few great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

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