Merry Lu Barnett McLeod Tuggle, age 79, of Shannon Hills died Nov. 1 at Saline Memorial Hospice House.
She was born Nov. 22, 1933, in Spokane, Wash., and spent her childhood in Berkeley, Calif., before moving to Mulvane, Kan., as a teenager. After graduating from Mulvane High School, she married Don McLeod and went to work for Mulvane State Bank.
After they divorced in 1962, she raised her two daughters in Pittsburg, Kan., while working at the National Bank of Pittsburg.
In 1974 she married Alvie D. Tuggle of Little Rock, and they moved to Shannon Hills. She continued her banking career at Union National Bank of Little Rock, and also worked to bring together a blended family of six mostly grown children, who rewarded her efforts with love and respect.
Some of her happiest days were spent after she and Alvie retired, when they lived as “full-timers” in their travel trailer in many locations across the country, always returning to their favorite spots in Arkansas, including Toad Suck and Maumelle parks. Lifelong friendships and countless happy memories were built on the road.
When their health declined, they returned to their home in Shannon Hills. Following Alvie’s death in 2004, she enjoyed her life there with her beloved dog, Lady.
Merry is survived by one sister, Donna Simpson of Salina, Kan.; two daughters, Jenny Carlisle and husband James of Benton and Toni Maturo and husband Tony of Fort Worth; two stepsons, A.O."Don" Tuggle and wife Edie of Bryant and A.D. "Buddy" Tuggle Jr. and wife Donna of Greenbrier; two stepdaughters, Maleta Pitts and husband Buddie Earl of Traskwood, and Shirley Strange and husband Robert of Prosper, Texas.
She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Marsha Kaye Tuggle, Lori Emerson, Scott Harper, Michael Harper, Amanda Frederick, Robbie Tuggle, Chris Carlisle, Jon Carlisle, Carrie Cotter, Isaiah Gardea and Mary Maturo; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Ashby Funeral Home.
Graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Fairplay Cemetery led by Jeff Christmas of Paron Church of Christ.
Online guestbook: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com .