Virginia Irene Merritt, age 94 years, passed away on Thursday morning September 26, 2013. Beloved wife of the late Vernon DeWitt Merritt. Dear mother of Beverly Jane (Edward) Parchman, Verna "Carolyn" Issacs and Jillian Kasa Price. Loving grandmother of Edward Parchmann III (Missy), Kevin Dean (Jennifer) Parchman, Tina Nichole (Larry) Armor, Nancy (Moreese) Mayes, James Vernon (Deena) Byrd, Sandra Hilton and the late Karen Michelle Hughes and Richard (Gena) Chance. Dear sister of Juanita Jean (Max) Holmes. Preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Also survived by many great, great-great, and great-great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service at Dayton National Cemetery, 4100 W. Third Street, Dayton, OH 45428 on Monday September 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM. Memorials may be directed to Heartland Hospice, 3960 Red Bank Road, Suite 140, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227.