Marilyn Merchant

Marilyn Epting Merchant, 58, of Kinards, died Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born on October 31, 1962 in Newberry, she was the daughter of the late William Holland and Essie Dickey Epting. She was a graduate of Piedmont Technical College and was an Instructional Assistant at Newberry High School. She was a member of Little River-Dominick Presbyterian Church. Marilyn had a love for crocheting and knitting. She loved her animals and enjoyed listening to beach music and loved the Newberry High School Bulldogs.

She is survived by her husband, Gregg Crowder Merchant; a son, Gregg Holland Merchant of Kinards; daughters, Hannah Marie Merchant of Kinards and Heather (Vidal) Tapia on Joanna; and a grandson, Vidal Luke Tapia.

Services will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Little River-Dominick Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Paul Kerr. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour before the service in the church. We ask that those attending the service to please wear a mask and follow the CDC guidelines for Covid-19. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Newberry County Humane Society, 240 Public Works Drive, Newberry, SC 29108.

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#24 Jeanna T Hall 2020-11-19 20:46
Gregg, Holland, Hannah, & Heather:
We are so very sorry for your loss. Marilyn was such a sweet person and she will be missed by many.

Our prayers are with the family.

Bryan, Jeanna, Hayden, & Hunter Hall
#23 mike and donna hall 2020-11-17 11:52
Greg and family
Our prayers are with all of yall. Marilyn will be missed, but most of all she lives on in her children and her grandson Luke. We love all of you!
#22 Heather ODell 2020-11-16 14:41
I only experienced Marilyn as kind. So very kind. She was quite proud of her family, and also humble. I am praying that you all will be wrapped in a blanket of loving comfort. Genuinely, Heather O'Dell and Mac Montgomery
#21 Donna Frazier Morris 2020-11-16 11:43
Marilyn was a childhood friend. We shared lots of time together as kids since we grew up on Laurens Street in Joanna. I am so sorry to know she has passed. All of her family are in my prayers. May GOD give you peace in the coming days.
#20 Pam Dudley 2020-11-16 08:17
Dear Family, Merchant was always so thoughtful. She also included us in her "Family." Praying for Famaily and Friends. To HIM Be The Glory. RIP, My Friend.
#19 June N McCauley 2020-11-15 13:45
So many wonderful memories with precious Marilyn ??
We knew each other since 4th grade! My parents also adored her as another daughter. We will forever keep you in our hearts. We love you?? The Nalley Family and June N McCauley ??
Our thoughts and prayers are surrounding this precious family. Unfortunately, due to the COVID19 we won’t be physically there, but in our hearts we will be??
#18 Janice Price Martin 2020-11-14 20:05
I am so sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. Barbara Prater was my Aunt. I worked for Aunt Barbara and Essie Mae when I was in high school. I remember when Marilyn was born. I haven't seen Marilyn in years but I still remember her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family.
#17 Gary Graham 2020-11-14 16:07
Gregg and family- praying for peace, understanding, and comfort for you all. -Gary Graham
#16 Tracy H . Kinard 2020-11-13 14:13
To the family of Marilyn Merchant I met her at Little Folk ChildCare many years ago and then we worked together at the school district... She was a wonderful person and had a loving heart . She will certainly be missed. My Condolences to the family
#15 Amy E Brown 2020-11-13 13:38
I was so luckily to have Marilyn in my live, working along side each other in our classroom for 5 years. They were the best 5 teaching years of my life. She has impacting my life so much. Words will never express how much she was loved and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with her sweet family.
#14 Susan Suber 2020-11-13 12:56
Marilyn was such a force in her advocacy of her special needs students. Her smile and positive attitude inspired us all. My deepest sympathy to her family. I know that Heaven is brighter with Marilyn.
#13 Suzanne B Vaughn 2020-11-13 11:00
Even though we may not understand today why our Good Lord needed Marilyn so soon, one day we will all meet again. Great memories of times at Thornwell and Little River Dominick church. Prayers to the family. God bless.
#12 Janet Ballentine 2020-11-13 10:15
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for God’s blessing of comfort, strength and peace for the coming days.
#11 Tracy H. Kinard 2020-11-13 08:55
To The family of Marilyn Merchant my heart deeply hurts. Marilyn and I goes way back to Little Folks day care then on to the school district. She was a woman after Christ own heart with lots of Love and a joyous Spirit... My deepest condolences to the family.
#10 Susan Suber 2020-11-13 08:43
I was fortunate to know Marilyn through her many years working with special needs students. She was always a fierce advocate for her students and a bright light to all who knew her. God bless all of you. Heaven gained such an angel.
#9 Ronnie and Janet Cha 2020-11-13 07:05
Ronnie and I send much love and many prayers to all of you.
Marilyn was such a blessing to me on so many occasions as not only a good neighbor but a prayer warrior! She will be missed, but comfort comes knowing that she is with our Lord and Savior walking the streets of gold.. we will see her again and she and I will talk dogs and cats again!
Prayers will continue as we ask God to give you strength and comfort in the days ahead !
#8 Debbie G Davenport 2020-11-13 05:39
Dear Merchant family,
Extending deepest sympathy as we lift you in prayer & send our LOVE??Marilyn will be missed by her Little River Dominick church family. Our hearts are broken for you. Heather & Vidal,so glad she was blessed to be a grandmother to your precious little LUKE?? Cherish your wonderful memories. HIS PEACE ?? for all as you grieve. In HIS L??VE, Debbie & Gerald
#7 Cathleen Cannady 2020-11-12 22:47
Heather and Hannah
What a delightful mother and lady was your mom.
My prayers are sent. When time passes,may your
Memories be of joy and happiness.
#6 Donna C Shealy 2020-11-12 22:44
I always enjoyed playing softball with Marilyn and teaching the girls dance . My prayers will be lifted for your family.
Donna C. Shealy
#5 Rodney/Sarah Griffin 2020-11-12 19:33
Keeping your family close in prayer.
#4 Frances Berry 2020-11-12 18:15
Love and prayers to the Merchant family. I was blessed to have worked with Marilyn. She provided love and support to each and every child she worked with. She will truly be missed!
#3 Mark & Missy Hipp 2020-11-12 17:23
Mr. Gregg & family-so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.
Mark & Missy Hipp
#2 Julie Yochem 2020-11-12 16:34
Marilyn will be missed by all of her family and friends! She was my sweet cousin. But felt like my sister. She is in GOD arms now.
#1 Ed Corbett 2020-11-12 14:03
Lots of memories of Marilyn and our group of band parents from NHS. She had such grace and patience and a great spirit of cooperation. It was always a fun time when I would see her afterwards as she took up tickets at the football games. May the family have many sweet memories in the coming days as comfort and healing.

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