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Arlene Louis Merson

October 16, 2021.

Obituary

Arlene Louis Merson passed away on October 16th, 2021, in Boca Raton, FL with her family by her side.

Arlene was born on July 16th, 1940, in Meridian, MS. She and her three siblings, Lisa, Marilyn, and Michael were raised by their loving parents, Sammy and Ruth Davidson.

Arlene was very close with her parents and held the same values of the importance of family, helping those less fortunate, and being true to herself. Additionally, with inspiration from her Orthodox father, Arlene always loved following the Jewish faith. Growing up, Arlene was a member of several groups and organizations.

She was a majorette, Junior Auxiliary, Dusty (a local high school sorority), an active volunteer in her community. Arlene attended the University of Oklahoma where she met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Merson. Their instant appreciation for each other was truly special and one of a kind. For 61 years, they shared the greatest love story of all time. In 1961, Arlene and Bob graduated from the University of Oklahoma married and expecting their first child. They moved back to Arlene’s hometown of Meridian, MS to start their adult lives.

Arlene enjoyed working at her travel agency, leading fundraisers, participating in the Meridian Lively Arts Festival, traveling, hosting holiday parties, playing doubles tennis with Bob, skiing, and, most of all, spending time with her family. Arlene always cherished her family time.

She was a wonderful Mother to her children, Michelle Merson and Howard and Caren Merson, and a “DD” and “AD” to her four grandchildren, Sammi, Hannah, Rebecca, and Josh. Arlene’s family described her as strong, loving, silly, and the matriarch of their family. Everyone who knew Arlene adored her smile, humor, kindness, and adorable Southern accent.

She lit up every room she entered and always made the people around her feel happy. She was a truly sensational person and will be missed dearly.

Memorial Contributions

If you wish to make a donation in honor of Arlene, please make it to the Mississippi Children’s Museum- Meridian. Donations can be made through the organization’s website, mcmmeridian.org, or by writing a check payable to “Mississippi Children’s Museum- Meridian” and mailing it to PO Box 1007, Meridian, MS 39302. Their phone number is 601-512-0278.

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