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Phyllis Jane Merritt

May 17, 1927 - November 20, 2020



Phyllis Jane Merritt of Houghton Lake formerly of the Cadillac area passed away Friday morning, November 20, 2020 at The Brook of Houghton Lake. She was 93. Phyllis was born on May 17, 1927 in Cadillac to Arthur F. & Geneva L. (Curtis) LaBar. Phyllis had lived all her life in the Cadillac area. On August 8, 1945 in Cadillac she married Lowell F. Merritt and he preceded her in death on November 9, 2010.

Phyllis had been employed at Cadillac Girl Coat and baby sitting. She enjoyed watching TV shows like “The Walton’s”, “Little House on the prairie”, “Everyone loves Raymond” and “The Andy Griffith Show”.

Phyllis is survived by her 7 children: Tom Merritt of Cadillac, Linda (Ralph) Storey of Houghton Lake, James Merritt of Cadillac, Cheryl “Susie” Dykgraaf of McBain, Mary Prokos of Gladwin, Gary Merritt and Robert Merritt both of McBain; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and 2 brothers: John (Virginia) LaBar of Arizona and James (Gloria) LaBar of Florida. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by son-in-laws: Vern Dykgraaf and Tom Prokos; a sister, Doris Cederburg, and a brother, Robert LaBar and a grandson, Chris Prokos.

Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Peterson Funeral & Cremation Services in Cadillac with Pastor Bryan Thompson officiating. Burial will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cadillac. Visitation will be from 11:30 AM until services at 12 Noon. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan Cadillac Chapter. An online guestbook is available at

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  • Terri and Mike sisson - Nov 21st, 2020 3:47 pm

    "Beautiful grandmother inside and out. Lots of great memories. ( Butchies daughter)"

  • Tim & Heather Storey - Nov 22nd, 2020 2:08 pm

    "Grandma was a wonderful person. We will miss her smiling face and childlike spirit. "

  • Fran VandenBoss - Nov 24th, 2020 9:27 am

    "Sorry for your loss. I loved visiting with Mrs. Merritt while delivering her mail. You all have my sympathy."

  • Carl & Susan Dykgraaf - Nov 25th, 2020 7:44 am

    "We are so sorry to hear of Grandma Merritt passing. She was a very pleasant & kind lady. The loss to your family will be felt by friends and family. May she enjoy her heaven home that awaits."

  • Tabby Merritt Grames - Nov 30th, 2020 11:01 am

    "My grandma has the best giggle and was the cutest and sweetest grandma. "

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