There will be a memorial service for Mertice at a later date. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home, Edwards. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Mertice was born on September 5, 1934 in Russell, NY to the late Charles H. and Millie (VanSant) Tuttle. She graduated from Knox Memorial High School in 1951 and married Lochland Dayton Jeffries in 1953, whom she had four children with. Her marriage to Lochland ended in divorce. Mertice was a self-employed care giver for many years. She had previously sold life insurance and was an office manager for United Agencies in Cape Canaver, FL.
Mertice was a member of the Russell United Methodist Church and the Whole-Loaf Christian Center in Florida. She enjoyed knitting, reading and crafting.
Surviving is a daughter Charleen Alese and her husband, Lonnie Leonard of Russell; three sons, Lochland Douglas Jeffries and his wife, Kelly Poetzman-Jeffries of Chicago, IL, Morris Evan Jeffries and his wife, Terry of Russell and Christopher Milton Jeffries and his wife, Andryea Foster of Arizona; a brother and his wife, Alton and Dale Tuttle of Russell; a sister and her husband, Millie and Richard Loucks of Marion, NY; nine grandchildren, several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
Mertice is predeceased by two brothers, Russell and Sonny Tuttle and two sisters, Arlyss Sibbits and Betty Colton.
Donations may be made in Mertice’s memory to the St. Lawrence County SPCA, 6718 NY-68, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.