Born on Nov. 14, 1930 in Terrytown, she was the daughter of the late Esmond and Dellephene Vanderpool Johnson. She lived most of her life in the Terrytown- Wyalusing area. She married Walter (Jack) Merritt on Jan. 19, 1951. They were married for 44 years before his passing in March of 1995.
In her spare time, Gladys loved embroidering, crocheting, growing her own roses and most of all spending time with her family.
She is survived by her children, Walter and Diane Merritt of Terrytown, Patty Strawser of Monroeton, Gary Merritt of Rome, Susan and Paul Brown of Laceyville, Betty and Ambrose Bailey, Jr. of Towanda, Joseph Merritt of Wilmington, OH and Kelly and Arthur Manning, Jr. of Laceyville; 31 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her three sisters, Virginia Johnson, Bernitta Wright and Bernetta Ellis, all of Athens, and many nieces and nephews. Gladys is also survived by a very close friend, Jamie Thompson of Laceyville and his three sons, Jeff Thompson, David Thompson and William Thompson. Besides her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Lee
Merritt in 2010; a son, Ronald David Merritt in 1957 and a daughter, Kathleen Ellen Merritt in 1956; a son-in-law, Fred Strawser; five brothers, Cecil, Carl, Esmond, Jr., Alfred and Sherman and five sisters, Louise, Beatrice, Hazel, Arlene and Evelyn.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 3 at 4 p.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with Pastor Bill Klees of the Monroeton Community Alliance Church officiating, Interment was in the Terrytown Cemetery. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Monday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Area Agency on Aging, 157 Spruce St. #1, Montrose, PA 18801.