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Alberta Lee Merchant

Obituary for Alberta Lee Merchant

June 3, 1945 - November 2, 2021
Greenwood, Indiana | Age 76

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Alberta Lee Merchant, 76, of Greenwood, passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
She was born in Napoleon, Ohio on June 3, 1945, a daughter of the late Albert and Thelma (Meyer) Sonnenberg. She went on to live in West Virginia, where she met her husband, and adopted her two children: Angela and James Merchant. She attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Fairmont, West Virginia. She moved to Cassopolis, Michigan, where she resided into her retirement.
Alberta was a great mom, a great grandmother, wonderful sibling, and friend. From the time she was young, she knew she wanted to work with kids. From babysitting and eventually to teaching, she fulfilled her dreams. From leaving home to go into the Peace Corps, to attending Bowling Green University and West Virginia University, she received her bachelor's degree, and went on to receive her master's degree. Being a teacher for over 40 years, she touched so many people's lives. She loved her job until the very end, but most of all, loved her family and her friends. She loved travelling and enjoying life to the fullest. She loved to go on cruises with her friends and enjoyed camping with her kids, sister and grandkids.
Survivors include her children: Angela (Michael Powell) Merchant and James (Kia Walker) Merchant, grandchildren: Arron White, Michael Powell, Janayla Byrd, D'Angelo Gilliam, James Merchant II, and Jovon Hood, sister: Karen Jeffery, nephew: Matthew Grover, and several other great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her ex-husband: James Merchant, her parents, brothers: Doyle Sonnenberg and James Sonnenberg, and nephew: Chad Grover.
Family and friends will gather for visitation on Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 1pm until the time of funeral services at 2pm at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, 481 W. Main St. Greenwood, IN 46142.
The service was streamed on Facebook.

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