Formerly of Middletown, N.Y.

Melissa Joy Merrick, 41, died at her residence on July 25, 2007.

She was born in Middletown, N.Y. and moved to Florida in 1993. She was a registered nurse at several area hospitals including Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital. She treasured her animals, had a love for learning and recently developed an interest in painting.

She is survived by her daughter Manuela Merrick of Ocklawaha; her sons, Nicholas Flood and Theodore Flood both of New Paltz, N.Y. and Jorge Asian-Merrick whose father is Javier Asian of Ocklawaha; her parents Frank and Susan Merrick of Newburgh, N.Y.; her brother, David Merrick Sr. of Warwick, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends will take place on Wednesday, August — from 2-4 p.m. at Hiers Funeral Home, 910 SE Silver Springs Blvd.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Moffit Cancer Center, Art Program, PO Box 550985, Tampa, FL 33655-0985.

Arrangements by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services.