Jean M. (McAndrew) Merriman, 89, South Abington Twp., died Thursday in Abington Manor. She and her husband of 67 years, Bob, celebrated their wedding anniversary Nov. 6.
Born Sept. 26, 1932, in Avoca, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Ann (Wanalista) McAndrew. Jean was the oldest of seven children.
She was educated in St. Mary's School and a graduate of St. John's High School, both of Pittston. She furthered her education at Misericordia University, Dallas. She formerly was a psychiatric nurses aide at Clarks Summit State Hospital. She was a devoted member of Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, where she served as a lecturer and was proud to be one of the first female lecturers for the parish. She was active with the church's Women's Guild, and was an active volunteer at the annual Country Bazaar.
Jean was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and had lived in Washington, D.C., after college where she met her husband. They both were organizing volunteers having raised funds for the National Aeronautics and Space Museum. She was an instructor at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., where she taught meteorology.
An active volunteer in the community, she regularly volunteered with Meals on Wheels, assisted in helping migrant workers in our area, a dedicated volunteer for orphanages including ones in Romania, a member of My Brothers Keeper organization responsible for making sleeping bags for the homeless. A beautiful singer, she sang alto in several area choirs.
She was a nurturing loving mother, who gave her children a wonderful childhood and continued love through the years. The family would like to thank Jean's many caregivers over the years. Her gentleness and smile will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Also surviving are a daughter, Christine Darko; a son, Michael and wife, Laurie; and a daughter, Patricia Merriman, all of Clarks Summit; a brother, Charlie McAndrew and wife, Maryanne, Moscow; two sisters, Barbara Gallagher, Md., and Claire Pliska and husband, John, Avoca; four grandsons, John Darko, Glenburn; Ryan Ksiezopolski and wife, Kristine, Pittston; Anthony Darko, Glenburn; and Michael Merriman Jr., Clarks Summit; one great-granddaughter, Sarah; her dear friend, Kathy Judge; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph McAndrew; two sisters, Theresa Gruning and Carolyn Kosloski; and two sons-in-law, John Darko and Tom McFadden Jr.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family, with services by Fr. Stephen Asomah, assistant pastor at Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit. Interment will be private in Abington Hills Cemetery, South Abington Twp.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Snows Parish, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411, or Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.