Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold Co. IA
OBITUARY - VERA "JEAN" (BURCHETT) MERCER
Vera Jean (BURCHETT) MERCER, 63, died on February 2, 2008 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
Jean was born on September 30, 1944 to William and Inez BURCHETT in Leon. Jean lived with her twin sister, Veva Dean BUELL
in Des Moines. Jean grew up on country farms in rural Ringgold County. She began her education at Poe #6 Country School
and graduated from Mt. Ayr High School in 1963. Following graduation she married Howard H. MERCER and together they had
one child, Charles Wade MERCER.
She lived in several cities including Albuquerque, Kansas City, and Huntsville before
returning to Des Moines in 1984.
Jean retired as a Secretary for Wolverine Procurement in 2000. She was a member of
Capitol Hill Christian Church, the WOTM Lodge #1255 in Huntsville, AL where she had served as both Jr. and Sr. Regent.
Jean donated her eyes to the Iowa Lion's Eye Bank.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Ann BURCHETT; her nieces, Nancy BURCHETT and Laurie SACKETT.
is survived by her son, Charles, Sr. (Debbie); brothers, William BURCHETT of Montezuma and Duane (Margie) BURCHETT of
Lamoni; sisters, Louise (Larry) SACKETT of Ellston, Dean BUELL and Joyce TUCKER of Des Moines; grandchildren, Charles
Wade MERCER, Jr. and Lydia MAYNARD; one great-grandchild; aunts, LaVon THOMAS, Betty POWERS and Cleola GEIST of Mt. Ayr
and several nieces nephews, cousins and friends.
Interment was made at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2010
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