Mayetta Louise (Snyder) Merrill

Mayetta Louise (Snyder) Merrill, 88, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, at her home peacefully with her children being present.

She was born Aug. 18, 1925 in Paden City, W. Va. to the late Henry and Louise Jacobs Snyder. She attended Paden City area schools and was a finisher in the local pottery. She met her husband Orvil Merrill while he was farming the local island outside of Paden City. They were married in 1946 and had five children.

She was a business woman and ventured into real estate and owned Mid-Ohio Valley Lime, Inc. along with her husband and son David. Under her watchful eye, she expanded the business, adding Mid-Ohio Valley Bulk Transport, Inc. and South Seven Leasing LLC. She was active in the daily operations of her business up until her recent illness. She was also a longtime member of the Parkersburg Women’s Club.

Mayetta was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Orvil, her eldest son David, brothers Charles and Clay Snyder and sisters Merledne Aleio and Hazel Snyder.

She is survived by her remaining children Vicki Reus (Jack) of Quinton, Va., Connie Finnerty (John) of Roanoke, Va., Steven Merrill (Karen) of Marietta and Charles Merrill (Nancy) of Parkersburg, W. Va. as well as 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Mayetta loved life and enjoyed every minute of it. She remembered just about everyone she met and would have a word of encouragement for them. Her laugh and personality is what stood out. You always knew when she was nearby.

Her husband was her soul mate and the love of her life. They were truly each other’s best friend. Orvil adored her and she was the driving force in his life. They would become known as “Mr. and Mrs. Wonderful” by each other and by other people that knew them.

Visitation will be Thursday at 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg with services Friday at 2 p.m. at the North End Church of Christ officiated by Evangelist Steven Haguewood and The Rev. Michael Seely

Burial will follow with Private Graveside Services at Merrill Chapel Cemetery beside her beloved Orvil.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.leavittfuneralhome.