Marianne passed away on October 22, 2019. Born on February 23, 1933 in Annapolis, Maryland. The visitation will be held at 9:00am on Thursday, October 24, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00am at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church. Burial to follow the mass at Greenoaks Memorial Park. Marianne was a retired Bell South manager, also a board member of The Telco Federal Credit Union, and past President of the Tara Garden Club. Many of her favorite past times were cooking, painting, reading, traveling, bowling, and most of all shopping for antiques. She is survived by her only daughter, Diane L. Merritt; granddaughter, Lauren E. Figueredo; one brother, Louis Festagallo; three sisters, Joan Brown, Toni Beeny, and Theresa Steinert; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and her beloved cat, Hoppe. She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Merritt; and her parents, Frank and Mafalda Festagallo. The Merritt family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to all whom provided loving care during this difficult time. She was always there in everyone’s time of need, and always gave the best advice. Marianne was a passionate pet lover and advocate. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be given to Cat Haven, 11130 N. Harrells Ferry Rd., B.R. LA, 70816 or at www.cathaven.org  Arrangements with Church Funeral Services, Baton Rouge

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