Ida Emma Merritt, 100, remembered during First Church service

Ida Emma Merritt

Ida Emma Merritt, just shy of her 101st birthday, transitioned on May 25 at the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House in Palm Coast.

She entered this life June 25, 1918, in Cuthbert, Georgia.

It was last July when I reported of a standing ovation for Mrs. Merritt, celebrating her 100th birthday at the former Bunnell City Hall.

Family and friends gathered during the party from Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, New York and Connecticut.

Pastor Gillard S. Glover mentioned at her funeral, “We’ve come celebrating a life well-lived, a warm and gentle person (with) a prodigious memory. She lived an impactful life,” he said.

Mrs. Merritt’s “Celebration of Life” was held May 31 at the First Church of Palm Coast.

Her obituary read that she was formally trained as a caregiver, and this might explain why later in life she stood over her own caregivers, giving instructions on how to properly tuck sheets, fold blankets, wash clothes, and make beds.

She was involved in cleaning positions, live-in cooking positions, and the entrepreneurial skills of catering, where some customers bought airfares for her cakes to be flown across the country.

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A “Celebration of Life’’ was held May 31 for Ida Emma Merritt.

Ministry of ‘helps’

Mrs. Merritt’s legacy of baking scrumptious cakes, cooking meals and making dinner parties special were the skills she used working on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for Estee Lauder. Her husband, Eugene Merritt, was the chauffeur for the cosmetics giant.

A child of the King, Mrs. Merritt was said to have a gift of hospitality, and a ministry of “helps.”

She was a member of the Women’s Missionary Society of the First Church of Palm Coast.

She enjoyed going out in the company of her friends. She was a blessing to everyone, and a blessing to have lived so long.

Mrs. Merritt leaves behind nephews, Christopher Green, Clarence Palmer, Ronald Doulin and Gregory Gary; nieces, Marion Broaden, Paulette Gary, Doris Gadsden, Linda Tazi, Idelle Doulin and Debra Green.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Merritt;  parents, John T. and Mattie George Gary; brothers, Bonnie Paul Gary, Eugene Gary; sisters, Inez Palmer, Frances Doulin, and Forrestine Green; nephews, Harold Gary, Franklin Gary, Bobby Gary, Bonnie Paul Gary Jr., Roger Green; and nieces, Gail Gary and Christine Palmer.

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Dr. Primrose Cameron to lead discussions in DeLand on women’s self-esteem, parenting and relationships.

More shows on horizon from A Dante Production

Chauncey Dunham, CEO of A Dante Production, LLC, communicates that both winter and spring were fantastic. The producer has presented shows that will be remembered.

The new management company, Phoenix Global Management, LLC, will be defined at another time for sharing the tasks that will be taken off the producer’s back.

Their vocalist, Daphne Cooper, will bring her sultry, witty, crowd-pleasing lines to the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U. S. 1 North, Palm Coast.

That’s June 7, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. The ticket price is $10.

A Dante Production and staff will be taking their summer hiatus during July.

They will return Aug 17 with “Dante Goes Gospel!”

For further details, visit

Juneteenth coming to Palm Coast

As Juneteenth approaches, enthusiastic crowds will celebrate the only national holiday observing the end of slavery in the United States.

That’s June 15, 4 to 8 p.m., and the main event to begin at 5 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U. S. 1 North, Palm Coast.

Visitors are in for an awakening, presented by vocalist Erica Eubanks, C-Squad Steppers, the Palm Terrace Band of Daytona Beach, poetry by Imani Kinshasa, and a skit featuring Giovanni Sylvain and Demetrius Headley.

The presentation will secure resource providers, vendors, children’s games, and a bounce house.

The free family event is partially funded by the City of Palm Coast.

For further details, call 386-4477030.

Cameron to facilitate sessions with sisters

Recognizing the importance of women’s self-esteem, parenting and relationships, join Sisters Build Network and We P.U.S.H. for their delivery of Dr. Primrose Cameron in a group talk.

Women 18 years and older are invited for a conversation on the issues that matter most to women.

Motivational speaker/empowerment coach/facilitator Dr. Cameron, EdD., resides and has worked in Volusia County, advocating for families for the duration of two decades.

The sessions will take place June 19, Aug. 21, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, and Dec. 18. There’s no discussion for the month of July.

That’s 6 p.m. at the DeLand Family YMCA Healthy Living Center, 261 East International Speedway Boulevard, DeLand.

For further details, email Dr. Cameron at primrosecameron. com or call 386-235-5032.

Alphas to discuss emotions at June 22 program

“All heroes cry. Not because they are weak, but because they have been strong for too long.”
– Anonymous

In a quest for answers, the Beta Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Vitas Healthcare have joined forces to present “What About Me? Men Cry in the Dark.”

It’s a candid discussion on emotions, which flow from a caregiver, or an individual having lost a loved one.

A flyer states that as boys, men learn that crying isn’t manly. As adults, they learn that holding back feelings won’t make the feelings disappear.

Men living in Volusia-Flagler are invited to talk about the feelings that don’t disappear, particularly those associated with losing loved ones and being a caregiver.

That’s June 22.

Registration will begin 8:15 a.m., the discussion at 9 a.m., and the program closing out at 11 a.m.

It’s happening at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway, NE., Palm Coast.

The presentation is free and will include a complimentary breakfast.

Please RSVP by June 14 to Yanique, or call 386-366-6167.

As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.


Birthday wishes to the Rev. Lannie Thomas, Aisha Kinshasa Thomas, June 10; and my niece, Kelli Coaxum of Manhattan, June 12.



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