Merel Frances Painter, 93, of Maryville, Tennessee and formally of Waynesville, passed away on July 15, 2019.

Merel was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Cumi Stamey. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, York Painter; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Connie Painter; sister, Velma Parham of Thonotosassa, Florida and several nieces and nephews.

She graduated in 1947 from Western Carolina Teachers College and taught elementary school until her retirement in 1991.

Merel was a member of First Baptist Church Waynesville and Primetime Singers. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in the chapel of the church. The family will receive friends after the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Broyhill Baptist Children’s Home, 111 Sneed Drive, Clyde, NC 28721 or the Primetime Singers Ministry of First Baptist Church Waynesville.

Visit garretfuneralsandcremations.com.

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