Murphy Funeral Homes

1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA


Merry Hicks Huley

March 23, 1941May 13, 2020

Passed on May 13, 2020, in Falls Church, Virginia, surrounded by her family after a long and valiant battle with cancer. Merry was born March 23, 1941, in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up with her parents Edwin and Ruth Hicks and her older brother Billy in Selma, Alabama. She graduated from Auburn University with an Art History major and taught briefly in Georgia. Merry then joined the Department of Defense overseas teacher program and taught for 2 years in Subic Bay, Philippines. This began her life-long love of travel. In September 1969, she transferred to Schweinfurt, Germany, to teach at the Army base there. On her first day, she met her husband to be, Bob Huley, an Army medical evacuation helicopter pilot. Merry and Bob were married in August 1970 in Selma, Alabama. When Bob left Active Duty in Germany in the summer of 1971, Merry left her DoD teaching position, and they traveled throughout Europe for 3 months in a VW camper.

They returned to the US and to Northern VA, Bob’s home, after their travels and resided in the Falls Church area. Merry worked for a time in a law office and also was a partner in an art studio/gallery in Occoquan. When they were blessed with twins in 1978, she became a full-time mother. When the twins began school, Merry returned to teaching as an instructional assistant at the local elementary school, retiring in 2003. Bob retired in early 2004, and together they traveled extensively with friends, family, and members of the Lifetime Learning Institute (LLI) of Northern VA. Their many trips included cruises, bicycle tours, and visits to Europe, South America, China, and many locations in the US. Merry was very active in her church, Falls Church Presbyterian, PEO, a women’s philanthropic educational organization, and LLI. She loved music and reading and always added her artistic flair to everything she touched. Merry loved to host a party and made any occasion a celebration. Her forte was people. Her smile would light up any room.

Merry’s parents and brother pre-deceased her. She is survived by her beloved husband of almost 50 years, Bob, and her daughter Helen Huley (Jan Feuchtner) and son Robert Huley (Annie Duong) and one grandson Fritz Feuchtner. She is also survived by two brothers-in-law Peter (Tracy) Huley of Beaufort, North Carolina, and Kevin (Beverly) Huley of Henrico, Virginia, a sister-in-law, Beth Stewart, of Arlington, Virginia, a sister-in-law Betty Hicks (Billy), of Selma, Alabama, and multiple nieces and nephews, and a host of devoted friends. Merry lived an extraordinary life that was ended too soon.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Anyone who would like to make a contribution in her honor may do so to Capital Caring Health or a charity of your choice.

“Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow but remember me in every tomorrow. Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles, I’ve only gone to rest a little while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me, not as I am now, but as I used to be. Because I will remember you all and look on with a smile. Understand, in your hearts, I’ve only gone to rest a little while. As long as I have the love of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.”

Poem by Joey Beighley


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Merry Hicks Huley

have a memory or condolence to add?

Christopher Ann Munford

May 28, 2020

I have Falls Church Presbyterian Church to thank for Merry. I was never on the same church committee or function as Merry. I simply ran into her through the course of weekly church life. She was my hallway friend. And over the course of years, I learned that she was the best kind of instant mood elevator. We made each other sparkle. She was special. I will miss Merry.

Sally & Leif Aamot

May 28, 2020

We have just learned of Merry’s passing, such sad news. We were friends, neighbors, bridge players, Westlawn School parents , and early play group participants with Robert and Helen and our daughter Allison, the same age. We send our condolences and may you find strength in all your happy memories, Bob, Robert and Helen.
The Aamot family

Evelyn Turner

May 24, 2020

A smile that “twinkled” - always a smile except when she was worried about someone else..then a look of consternation and “I wonder if we could...”

Patty Jones

May 24, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Merry; she was a true special person. She was instrumental in my teaching while at Westlawn. She was so talented and I loved her enthusiasm! She was part of our Westlawn family and my husband Bill and I will always have fond memories of her and her wonderful family.

Patty and Bill Jones

Toni Oppermann

May 23, 2020

I will never forget walking down the halls of Westlawn Elementary and hearing someone calling, “Toni, Toni, Toni”! That’s how Merry would say hi to me! I worked along side of her on the yearbook. She had a special gift!
Merry was bubbly. She lifted your spirits no matter what. Happy hours were a must. Always working around her house in the garden planting in the dirt. Her finger nails always needed help, so
we both went to the same nail salon which Janet Porter introduced us to Amy. I Love You Merry! You are one of my guardian angels. Until we meet again. xo

Glenn Scheid

May 23, 2020

I first met Merry when she joined the staff at Westlawn Elementary where I was working in 6th grade. Our team was so fortunate to have Merry assigned to help as our instructional assistant. We came to learn very quickly that she was a multi-talented person. Merry’s gardening and artistic talents that included calligraphy, crafts, center projects, drawings and painting greatly enriched our program and all our projects and displays. She helped us develop our highly successful Social Studies centers program and was always involved with the children in our classrooms.
Merry also had a social side and soon joined our Westlawn “gang”. This group included Judy LeClair, Toni Oppermann, Paulette Culter, Carolyn Bauerle, Patty Jones, me and many other teachers and staff at Westlawn. We talked, laughed, and complained many times after school all the while enjoying good food and libations. So many problems were solved at these socials! These gatherings helped us become family, not just friends. Merry touched every single person she worked with at Westlawn. I know Bob, Robert, and Helen feel pride in the legacy left by someone so special. Merry’s spirit will continue to shine leaving a remarkable life for each of us to remember.

Mary Jo Marshall

May 21, 2020

We bought the house and moved in to become wonderful friend with Merry and Bob. We were delighted that they also had twins so we could receive "Pearl's of wisdom" from them both.
Merry was a bright spot for everyone she knew. Her artistic flair could be applied any time for all types of occasions. Heaven has gained a bright star we will miss her.

Sarah Larson

May 21, 2020

My word for Merry: Supercalifragalistic expialidoshas! Sarah

Cole Sautter

May 21, 2020

Merry was my mom's best friend, and stepped in to provide me guidance and mentorship when she died. I'll be always grateful for her unforgettable kindness and candor, and her bright sense of humor in grim situations. I'm so happy to have known her and rejoiced that she could meet my family - the one my mother wasn't able to. I take comfort that Merry and my mom are probably having a party somewhere in heaven now. She is truly one of a kind and we are all more blessed for having shared this life with her.

Debby Caulfield

May 18, 2020

I came to teach at Westlawn Elementary in 1990 as an ESL specialist. Merry was assigned to be my instructional assistant, which was really strange since she was a much more experienced teacher than I was. I too had taught in DOD schools overseas so we quickly became kindred spirits and made a great team. With her artistic talent, Merry could take any of my ideas and add the necessary flourish to make them not only more attractive but more accessible to the students. Merry had a real heart for our diverse ESL population and was never intimidated by language deficits. Since Westlawn was Merry’s neighborhood school, she knew how to help the ESL children and their families negotiate the community in an effort to meet their needs.

My mother died during my first year at Westlawn and Merry was a kind soul. We talked religion a lot. (I was not a Christian at the time) Merry was always upbeat and encouraging and never judgmental.

I left Westlawn after 3 years and kept in touch with Merry. But in 1997 my daughter and Helen both ended up on the basketball team together at University of Mary Washington, so Merry and I resumed our relationship sitting together on gym bleachers all over the mid Atlantic!!

I hadn’t seen Merry since Helen’s wedding, though our daughters have always been in touch. I was stunned by her death and keep thinking how much she meant to me. I pray for Bob, and Helen and Robert and little Fritz as they transition to a world surely diminished without Merry’s presence. Godspeed.


Learn more about the Huley name