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Merlyn Louise Johnson Mantle
Birth: Jan. 28, 1932
Ottawa County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Aug. 10, 2009
Collin County
Texas, USA

Baseball Figure. She was the long-suffering widow of Yankee legend Mickey Mantle. Raised in Oklahoma, Merlyn met the future Hall-of-Famer in 1949 while she was a cheerleader at Picher High School, archrival of Mickey's Commerce High. The couple wed in 1951, after Mantle's rookie season, and remained married until the slugger's death from cancer on August 13, 1995. Life was not easy; the public was well aware of Mickey's accomplishments on the field, and of his many injuries, but his drinking and philandering only gradually came to light well after his playing days. Merlyn eventually became an alcoholic herself, and underwent rehabilitation at the Betty Ford Center. Though they were separated for the last six years of marriage, Merlyn maintained her home as a sort-of shrine to Mickey. Merlyn's memoir, "A Hero for All His Days", was published in 1996; she died of Alzheimer's disease. Asked why she never divorced her famous-but-difficult husband, she said: "I adored Mick. I thought I couldn't live without him. In many ways he was very good to me, very generous. I never wanted a divorce, and he never asked for one." (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
Family links: 
  Giles Edward Johnson (1912 - 1966)
  Reba Mary Bishop Johnson (1913 - 2004)
  Mickey Mantle (1931 - 1995)
  Mickey Charles Mantle (1953 - 2000)*
  William Giles Mantle (1957 - 1994)*
*Calculated relationship
Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park
Dallas County
Texas, USA
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Aug 12, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40594568
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