MARIZOLA MERRITT, of Detroit, passed from this life Saturday, March 14th, 2020 at Birchwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in her loving daughter’s arms. Roden-Pryor Funeral Directors will conduct funeral services 10:00 AM Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in the Gene Roden Memorial Chapel with Dr. Tommy Turner officiating. Interment will follow in Providence Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the funeral home.
Marizola, also know to some as Mary, was born July 16, 1945 to John and Katie Upchurch (Hicks) in Paris, Texas. She attended Powderly schools and made a career as a secretary in insurance. She was a gifted artist; exceptional at painting, crafts, and sewing which she loved to share with those around her, most especially with her beloved grandchildren. Even though she never thought of herself as old enough to be a grandmother, it was her greatest achievement and her grandchildren the light of her life. She enjoyed cats, riding horses, and growing many varieties of plants with her impeccable green thumb.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Billy John Upchurch; and a special nephew, Zack Taylor.
She is survived by her spouse, Robert Briscoe, of Detroit; a daughter, Lisa Follmar, and husband, Ricky, of Reno; a grandson, Chance Follmar, and spouse, Joseph Edwards, of Paris; a granddaughter, Lacy Follmar, and spouse, Chance Copeland, of Paris; an anxiously anticipated great-granddaughter, Lillian Rae Copeland; a sister, Darlynn Morrison, and husband, Clay, of Paris; as well as numerous family and friends that will miss her dearly.
Named to serve as pallbearers are Ricky Follmar, Chance Copeland, Eric Taylor, Chance Follmar, Clint Upchurch, and Joseph Edwards. Serving as honorary pallbearer, her favorite nurse and special friend, Chaisen Chamness.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Hope Hospice and Birchwood Nursing Home for the excellent care they expertly provided; her favorite nurse, Chaisen, who always brought a smile to her face; and to First Baptist Church for food and fellowship during this difficult time.