Marie Lynn Russell "The Shrink" Merchant, 40, a resident of Beverly, departed this life Thursday morning, Oct. 25, 2012, at her home. She had been in her usual health, death was unexpected and attributed to a massive cardiac arrest.
She was born Friday, Feb. 4, 1972, at Glen falls, N.Y., a daughter of the late John R. Russell and Nancy Ann Short; and her stepfather, Charles Scott Short of New Columbia, Pa.
On March 14, 1997, at Lewisburg, Pa., she was married to Robby Lee Merchant, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Vinson Russell and Darius Merchant, both of Beverly; one daughter, Nicolette Bergerstock of North Carolina; one brother, Daniel James Russell and his children, Daniel, Michael and Alexandria, all of Scranton Pa.; her maternal grandmother, Marian Mason Breed of New Columbia, Pa.; six aunts and uncles, Dale and Pauline Breed, Jeff and Melissa Breed, Amy Breed and Dale Short; two step brothers, Jason and Curtis Short of Pennsylvania; two stepsisters, Tressa Short and Julia Short Groce, both of Pennsylvania; and cousins, Robert, Ken, Kathy Cranker, Brian, Dale Jr. and Jeffrey Jr. Breed, Jessie Breed Taylor, Jamie Breed, Rachel Wells and Tambitha Tomas.
Preceding her in death were her paternal grandparents and her maternal grandfather, Walter Breed.
She was a graduate of Milton High School of Milton, Pa. She was the former assistant manager of the dollar General Store in Mifflinburg, Pa., and at the time of her death worked as a certified nursing assistant at Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was a noted cook, was fond of all animals, enjoyed gardening and was a "Tweety Bird" fan.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today. At 7:30 p.m., a celebration of life will be recited by Marie's family at the funeral home.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Marie Lynn Russell Merchant. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.