Sunday, March 22, 2009

Merrilyn Mitchell Anthony

Merrilyn Mitchell Anthony died the evening of Thursday March 19, 2009, at her home in Vicksburg. She was 65.

She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was born in Birmingham, AL, and was the daughter of the late Frank Mitchell and Louis Mitchell of Jackson.

Mrs. Anthony was a 1961 graduate of Provine High School in Jackson. She attended Hinds Junior College and Mississippi College, where she majored in elementary education and minored in English. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, was a Hinds Hi-Stepper and was a member of the Jackson Jaycettes.

After moving to Vicksburg in 1975, she worked for Jerry Derivaux State Farm Insurance beginning in 1977 and, most recently, Diane Kemp's State Farm Agency.

Mrs. Anthony was a member of Bowmar Baptist Church, where she had taught Sunday school. She was a member of the Pi Alpha Kappa Vicksburg chapter. She served as president, secretary and on local and national committees. She was also a member and patron the the Vicksburg Art Association.

Mrs. Anthony is survived by her husband, Harris; a daughter, Adrienne Cowgill and husband George Cowgill of Atlanta; a son, Clay Anthony of Vicksburg; a brother, Bill Mitchell of Jackson; three grandchildren, Finley Cowgill, Caleb Anthony and Madisyn Anthony; a daughter-in-law, Teresa Saldana; mother-in-law, Lola Anthony of Vicksburg; a sister-in-law, Barbara Grant of Richland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Glenwood Funeral Home at noon Tuesday, Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. Tuesday until the service.

The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213

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