Norma J. Merriman, 81 years young, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 at her residence from a long illness. Graveside services will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Fountain Cemetery in Starks, La. under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

She was born to parents, Bill and Mary Barnes. She was a member and past president of VFW Hall and Ladies Auxillary on Park Street. She enjoyed fishing, going to the lake and the beach with her family.  

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Merriman; parents, Bill and Mary Barnes; brothers, William and Donnie Barnes. 

She is survived by her daughters, Pat Lege Biehslick and Lynn Tynes both of Vidor; three grandchildren, Michael and Curtis Watkins both of Vidor, and Paula Kight of Lumberton; five great,grandchildren, Patricia, Curtis II, Kasey, Brittany, and Blake; and one great-great-granddaughter, Hailey. 

The family would like to thank Pat Bass, Odyssey Health and friends that took good care of our mother.