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Elizabeth Merriam

June 4, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

A devout Christian, joined her Lord on Friday June 1, 2012.

Liz was born April 6, 1954, in Elkins and lived her entire life in the community she loved. She graduated from Elkins High School in 1972 and attended Marshall University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts and Masters degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She started her career in 1977 as a first grade teacher at North Elementary School. After taking time off to raise her family, she earned a Masters of Education in Reading and rejoined Randolph County Schools. She is remembered by the community for teaching sixth grade reading at Elkins Middle School, where she shared her passion for reading and touched the lives of many students and faculty. She retired from teaching in 2006 to concentrate on her health and family.

Liz met her husband, Craig Merriam, when they both taught at North Elementary School and married on Dec. 20, 1980. Together, they raised two sons, Ryan and Eric, to whom she devoted her life.

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Preceding her in death are her mother and father, Dr. Richard K. and Martha Martin Knotts, and her stepmother, Thelma Nestor Knotts.

Surviving her are husband, Craig, and sons Ryan and Eric, and their wives Jessie and Sarah. Also surviving is a sister Ann Harris and her husband, Phil Harris; nephews Scott and Curtis, Scott's wife Christina, their children Andrew and Kayla; and stepmother Alice "Dutch" Conner Knotts. She was delighted to learn that Jessie and Ryan are expecting a son in September 2012.

Liz will be remembered for her devotion and love for her family, church, and community. Liz was baptized, attended Sunday school, and married at the First United Methodist Church of Elkins. Please join us in celebrating her life by attending a memorial service and reception at the First United Methodist Church on Friday June 8, 2012, at 2 p.m. All are welcome. A memory scrapbook will be available to place a special picture, note, or other keepsake if you choose. In honor of her love for teaching and the many challenges children face, donations to "The Backpack Program" of the first United Methodist Church, 315 Kerens Ave., Elkins, WV 26241 would be greatly appreciated in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements for Mrs. Merriman have been entrusted to the Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 100 Meadow Lane, Valley Bend, WV.

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