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Gloria Jean French Merrill, 74, of Middletown, passed away on September 9, 2019, at home after a brief illness.
Gloria was born on June 7th, 1945 in Hodgenville, Kentucky to Eugene and Marjorie Clopton French.
She was a graduate of LaRue County High School, class of 1963. She made her home in Louisville as a young woman. Gloria was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, aunt, stepmother and grandmother.
Gloria adored all of the children in her life and was always so proud of their accomplishments. Her final days were lived helping her family in caring for her parents. We will miss her stories, her laugh, her hugs, her wry sense of humor, her style, her potato salad, her passion for sharing her love of all genres of music and her ability to wave troubles away with a bracelet covered hand.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Judge Thomas B. Merrill; sister, Judy Ann Brown and grandparents, Bradley and Annie French and Willard and Cora Clopton.
Gloria will be dearly missed by her parents, as well as her brothers and sister; Gary (Linda) French of Leitchfield, Jerry (Bonnie) French of Elizabethtown and Sharon (Vic) Friend of Hodgenville; her two stepchildren, Thomas Merrill and Lena Merrill (Brad) Kloza; her granddaughters, Zoe and Elena Kloza as well as 9 nieces and nephews, 12 great-nieces and nephews, 2 great-great-nieces and her sweet cat Miss Phoebe.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Akridge and Andy French officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Tabor Church Cemetery in Hodgenville.
Visitation will be after 9:30 AM, Saturday at the funeral home.
The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Expressions of sympathy can be made in the form of a donation to Hosparus of Kentucky, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive, Louisville, KY 40205