HOPKINS CHILDREN'S CENTER PATIENT DIES OF CF AT 23

February 3, 1994
Media Contact:Jo Martin
Phone: (410) 955-6680
E-mail: JMartin@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

Funeral services for Mary Merryman are set for 1 p.m. Friday at Dada-Rack Funeral Home, 7922 Wise Avenue in Dundalk Burial will be at Loudon Park Cemetery immediately after the services. The Baltimore native died of cystic fibrosis Monday (January 31) at her home in Dundalk. She was 23.

Ms. Merryman was diagnosed with the genetic lung and digestive disorder when she was seven months old and was treated at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center as an outpatient and inpatient for most of her life. She graduated from Dundalk High School in 1988 and was a member of the marching band. She played the saxophone: and, despite her illness, loved to ride motorcycles.

Susanna McCoHey, M.D., her physician at Hopkins, said, "Mary was an extremelybright and affectionate person who cared deeply about her family and friends. Her strong will and determination were significant factors in her living as long as she did.'

Ms. Merryman participated in numerous Children's Center activities. She was featured in last June's Children's Miracle Network Telethon on -TV and appeared on WMIX radio during the annual fund-raiser. She was a model in the "Fashion Makes Your Feel Better" show at the Children's Center and formed lasting relationships with members of the Hopkins staff and local media personalities.

"During Mary's illness, she met so many wonderful people at the Children's Center who encouraged her to live life to the fullest. We consider them part of our family," says Don Merryman, Mary's father.

Merryman is survived by her long-time companion, William Evering; her parents, Donald and Linda Merryman; two sisters, Tammy Willis and Linda Merryman of Baltimore; grandparents, Leo and Mary Kamasinsld, and the late Bert and Eleanor Merryman; and a niece and two nephews.


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