Merleta Anthis

Merleta Anthis

Friday, January 22nd, 1954 Wednesday, October 7th, 2020

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Obituary for Merleta Martha Anthis (Smith)

Merleta Martha Anthis, a retired book-keeper and long-time resident of Rose Hill, Kansas died unexpectedly on October 7, 2020 at the age of 66 while on vacation in Branson.
Merleta was born in Enid, Oklahoma on January 22, 1954 to Merlin Smith Sr. and Evelyn Smith. She graduated Enid High School in 1972 and held various jobs throughout her lifetime. On October 7, 1972, she married her long-time friend and love of her life, Tim Anthis. Over the next ten years, they had five children together. They lived and ministered in Cashion, Oklahoma before moving to Rose Hill in 1984. She graduated from Wichita Area Technical College in 2002 with an associate’s degree in Computer Information Systems.
Merleta was a devoted wife, mom, grandma, sister, and friend. She enjoyed sewing and quilting in her she-shed, as well as shopping, collecting lots of stuff, and traveling. Over the years she had fun threatening to sell her house to visit each child’s home and stay awhile at each stop. She was known for her beans and dumplings, baked beans, relish trays, and homemade ice cream at many family gatherings and her daily trips to Sonic, using only her special skinny straws. She will be deeply missed by her family, her friends, and all who knew her.
Merleta is survived by her husband Tim Anthis, her children: Jeremy Anthis (wife Shannon), Acacia Anthis, Sarah Moore, Ben Anthis (wife Ashley), and Lindsay Drake (husband Nick); her twelve grandchildren: Jadyn Anthis; Jacob, Aaron, Jolene, and Josh Moore; Landon, Hudson, Keaton, and Savannah Anthis; Kaitlyn, Peyton, and Cooper Drake.
The visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Living Word Christian Church, Derby, Kansas, with memorial celebration to follow at 2:00 p.m. Minister David Burke will be officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for memorial contributions to be made to Prairie View Christian Camp, P.O. Box 1004, Arkansas City, KS 67005 and/or Living Word Christian Church, 201 N. Derby St. Derby, KS 67037.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Living Word Christian Church
    201 N. Derby
    Derby, Kansas
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    Saturday, October 17th, 2020
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Service

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Living Word Christian Church
    201 N. Derby
    Derby, Kansas
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020
    Pastor David Burke

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Janet Faroh

We enjoyed Merleta’s friendship for many years and were so shocked and saddened to hear she had passed so unexpectedly and just when she was beginning to enjoy her retirement. But we are certain that she is enjoying the presence of the Lord, and pleasures of Heaven that we can’t even imagine. We will miss her smile until we meet again. May God bless and uphold all of her beloved family.
Craig and Janet Faroh
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I worked with Merleta at Truesdell. I was deeply saddened in hearing this news. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family and friends. She will be missed.
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