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Nina Joyce Davis Merriott
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Birth: Oct. 15, 1935
Roosevelt County
New Mexico, USA
Death: May 15, 2013
Roosevelt County
New Mexico, USA

Nina Merriott, 77, died May 15, 2013 at her home in the Arch community. Services will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Eiland Cemetery. Wheeler Mortuary of Portales, N.M.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on May 18, 2013.


A memorial service for Nina Joyce Davis Merriott, 77, of Arch, NM, will be held at 9:30 am, Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the Eiland Cemetery (3 miles west of Arch, north of NM Hwy 88 on RR J), led by Cody Brown, pastor of Arch Baptist Church. After the service there will be a time of fellowship at the church. Those desiring to make memorial contributions may send them to the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico.

Nina was born Oct. 15, 1935, to Scott Wasson Davis and Irene Elizabeth Kirksey Davis at Eiland, and grew up on their farm northwest of Arch. She graduated from Portales High School in 1953, and then moved to Lubbock, TX. She married Virgel Merriott, September 15, 1957. After their divorce in 1972, she had a varied career. She worked as a title clerk, restaurant worker, nuclear weapons plant security guard, natural gas pipeline mechanic, and computer hardware technician, living in Amarillo and Dumas, TX and in Berthoud, CO. After retirement, she moved home to the Portales area and started a cleaning business.

She enjoyed caring for her pets, gardening, cooking, reading, and needlework, and she volunteered with her local food bank. She died about May 15, 2013, near some wild plums she had planted on the land she loved, a remnant of her family's farm.

She is survived by a son, Randall Merriott and wife Dionne of Lubbock, a daughter, Ralna Cunningham and husband David, of Billings, MT, six grandchildren, Matthew, Joshua, Caleb, and Emily Merriott, and Emma and Kirksey Cunningham, a sister, Katherine Coleman, of Capitan, NM, a brother, Scott W. Davis, Jr. and wife Sandra, of Clear Lake, TX, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Norma Lee King.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. 575-356-4455,

Published in the Clovis News Journal and Portales News-Tribune on May 19, 2013
Family links: 
  Scott Wasson Davis (1910 - 1971)
  Irene Elizabeth Kirksey Davis (1912 - 1999)
Eiland Cemetery
Roosevelt County
New Mexico, USA
Maintained by: J Randall Merriott
Originally Created by: tricia potter
Record added: May 18, 2013
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Nina Joyce <i>Davis</i> Merriott
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I miss you, Mom. I know you are enjoying your new garden.
- J Randall Merriott
 Added: May. 21, 2013

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