Vera Kilgore Merrell

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July 26, 1933 ~ May 23, 2020

Born in: Somerville, MA
Resided in: Acworth, Ga

Vera Kilgore Merrell was called home to be with her heavenly father on May 23, 2020, she died at her home in Acworth, Georgia.

Vera was born July 26, 1933 in Somerville, Massachusetts and moved to Atlanta, Georgia with her family in 1944 at the age of 11.

Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Walker Merrell; parents, Sexton Thomas Kilgore and Ruby Harris Kilgore of Atlanta, Georgia; her son, Michael Cochran and her daughter, Carol Payne and husband, Robert; her brothers, Sexton Kilgore Jr., Albert Kilgore, Jon Kilgore and her sister Mamie Johnson.

She is survived by her daughters, Carla Briley, Leisa Cash, daughter in law, Millie Cochran; sons in law, John Briley and Paul Cash; sister in law, Virginia Merrell; grandchildren, David Briley, Amanda Briley and husband Allen, Michael Cochran II and wife Jocelyn, Marcus Cochran, Erin Jones and Justin Cash; great grandchildren, Devan Briley, Dylan Cole, Avery Cole, Allison Cole, Felicity Cochran, Everett Cochran, Evelyn Cochran and Emelia Cochran; many nieces and nephews as well as her beloved friend and caregiver, David Cotton.

Vera trained and worked as an operating room technician at Piedmont Hospital and later became a records specialist and worked until she retired from the State of Georgia Archives Annex.

The family will plan a Memorial to be held at her home for fellowship among friends and family to celebrate her life.

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  1. Leisa Cash says:

    I Love You Mama!
    Your light will shine bright in me all the days of my life. You are the best Mother a daughter could ever hope for & be blessed by. Your kind, loving & gentle spirit have guided me my entire life & will continue to carry me until we are together again in Heaven.
    I Love you!!!

  2. Timothy Henry Wood says:

    I’m just learning this, a sad day. I am so very thankful for the opportunity to have gotten to know her. She was truly a delight to be around. Heaven is receiving a beautiful soul and she will be greatly missed. I will miss her kindness, I will miss her smile, I will miss her stories, she lived quite the life. If you got the opportunity to know her, consider yourself lucky, she was truly one of a kind. It was an honor to know you, I’ll see you again one day, I love you, Tim

  3. Brenda Parker says:

    Vera was one of the sweetest & most welcoming ladies I have ever met! Probably saw her when I was younger, but family circumstances did not allow me to see her again until a few years ago. My mom and aunt always spoke highly of her! When I saw her, I immediately felt her love and kindness! I know she will be missed by a lot of people! May God comfort all her family that she left behind 5-23-20. 🙏💜✝️

  4. Sandra Bockley says:

    I am so sorry to hear this, praying for your family during this very difficult time. Your mom was a sweetheart.

  5. Virginia Merrell Kirkpatrick says:

    Vera was a beautiful spirit in this sometimes dark world. From the time my brother first introduced me to her, we got along great and never had a cross word. I will miss our lunches, trips and conversations. Vera will never be forgotten by those of us who were privileged to know her. Love and prayers

  6. Nancy Cash says:

    Praying for the family.

  7. Avery Cole says:

    I could never look up to someone like I did you. You are the light that shines all throughout our family. I hope all the angels in heaven know what they gained. I love you Mema, you’re forever in my heart ❤️.

  8. Jack Kilgore says:

    She was fun to be around. An encouraging and positive person.
    I will miss her.

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