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Muriel Barbara Mercer, 98 of Wall passed away peacefully on October 26, 2020. She was born in Jersey City, NJ, in a blizzard on January 22, 1922, the youngest of three children. She was an accomplished dancer and athlete. Muriel moved with her family from Boston to Essex and Bergen counties in NJ, N. Canton, OH and New Bern, NC, but was happiest in her south Monmouth homes in Brielle and Wall, NJ, close to Sea Girt beach and surrounded by her family, friends and pets. Muriel raved about the classics education she got in Jersey City, exposed to all the performing arts and museums in New York as a child. She spent summers with her aunts and enjoyed trips to the beach and the countryside. A champion for those less fortunate, Muriel instilled empathies in her children and grandchildren. Muriel and Sam were part of a large group of close family friends. They got together all year long for fun holiday parties, shore houses, weddings, sporting events and vacations. Muriel was a perfectionist about her home, car and personal appearance. Despite a big family, her house was ready for company at any moment. Up and dressed before anyone else, she was the last one out the door after everything was deemed perfect. She traveled to many countries in Europe, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean and most US states. She visited her children and in-laws and always helped out for a few weeks when grandbabies were born. She never missed a grandchild’s music performance or ball game.
Muriel was predeceased by parents Frank Chester and Ellen Veronica Baxter, brother Frances and sister Joan, her husband of 48 years Samuel James Mercer in 1993 and stepson Frederick J Mercer in 2011. She leaves her children Beverly Baker and John, Atlanta, Samuel Mercer and Ida, Clearwater, FL, Sharon Machado and Donald, Coronado, CA, Suzanne Lunham and Robert, Pine Bush, NY, Michael Mercer and Maria, Stewartsville, and Patricia Surdovel and William, Wall. She leaves 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren to remember her love of family, high ethics and standards, kindness, determination and beauty.
Arrangements are under the care of Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan. Her viewing and committal will be private. The family will hold a celebration of life when the pandemic is over. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 am on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at St Mark’s Church, Sea Girt, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Heart Association or Monmouth County SPCA. To send condolences to the family please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com.