Dorothy May Mernagh

dorothy mernaghSeptember 7, 1925 – December 1, 2013

Dorothy May Mernagh, 88, of Grant, passed away Sunday.

Dorothy was born on September 7, 1925 in Chester, England.  She was raised in St. Helens, Lancashire.  During the war years she and her family survived the German Bombing and faced strict rationing of food, and just about every other commodity.  This happened during the time she was building her family. This caused her to be very frugal during most of her adult life.  After the war, she worked as a pharmacist assistant and later worked at the Gas board.  Later in life, she traveled in Europe and ultimately came to America to be with her daughter.  She was later proud to become a naturalized US citizen.  While in America she was an American Red Cross volunteer and served at the Fox Army Clinic for 15 years and delighted in greeting people with a cheery smile and doing whatever she could to make them feel better.  Dorothy was a special lady who had a hug and a smile for everyone she met. She loved to be with the children at Southwood Presbyterian Church every Sunday for eight years.  During the past few years, she has been living with her daughter and Son-in-Law in Grant, Alabama and immensely enjoyed spending time at their horse farm in Claysville.

She is survived by her Son, Geoffrey Johnson,  grandchildren Rosemary Winfield and Rob Morgan, great grandchildren John and Sam Winfield and  Luke and Tommy Morgan all who are still in England, her daughter, Janet Culley, her granddaughter, Andrea Carroll, and Great Granddaughters, Jasmine and Chelsea Carroll.

She had a zest for life that was matched by few and that light never left her eyes until she closed them for the last time at 12:30 A.M.  December 1, 2013. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, 4 December from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the New Hope Funeral Home.  A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M on Thursday, 5 December also at the New Hope Funeral Home at 2500 Oak Grove Rd, New Hope, AL 35780.

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