Joan Merriman

Hamilton County

Joan Potts Merriman died peacefully at her home on Monday evening, Sept. 30, 2013, surrounded by her family.Joan "Tincey" was born in Chattanooga on May 14, 1937 and was preceded in death by her parents, Clara Stolz Potts and JD Potts; by her sisters, Mattie Lou Fox and Evelyn McKeel; by her brother, James E. "Buddy" Potts; and by two grandsons, Gregory Dean Rittgers and Ryne Stephen Rittgers.She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Daniel Paul Merriman; and their five daughters, Joanie (Stuart) Kammer, of Madison, Ala., Patty Merriman (Vickie Long), Kathy (Greg) Rittgers and Maggie Merriman (Roxie Swenson), all of Ringgold, Ga.; and Betsy (David) Groves of Brentwood, Tenn. She is also survived by her sister, Sister Mary Evelyn Potts O.P., of Nashville. Tincey leaves nine grandchildren, Anthony Kammer, Elizabeth Kammer, MaryRose Kammer; sister, Paul Mary Rittgers RSM, Brandon Rittgers, Richard (Kaylyn) Groves, Katie (Gordon) Maciulewicz, Nicole Merriman-Swenson and Savannah Merriman-Swenson; and two great-grandchildren, Mary-Alice and Maxwell Groves. She also leaves many nieces and nephews. Tincey is also survived by two loving and well-loved sisters-in-law, Judy Parker and Margie Pendergrass; and her mother-in-law, Margaret Daniel.Joan was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and a 1955 graduate of Notre Dame High School. Joan was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. She was secretary at Ringgold High School before attending nursing school. She retired from Tri-County Hospital in Fort Oglethorpe. She was also a Girl Scout leader for many years and Day Camp director with Moccasin Bend Girl Scout Council when her daughters were young.She will be remembered for her devout faith and her commitment to family.Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. today in Holy Family Hall at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. A Rosary Service will be held at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.The Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father Mike Creson officiating.Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, East Ridge.Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville or the Religious Sisters of Mercy in Alma, Mich. Your prayers are appreciated.Please share your thoughts and memories at www.chattanoogaeastchapel.com.Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, East Chapel, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga.

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