Dorothy C. Merritt

March 9, 1932November 11, 2020

Dorothy Carr Merritt, (nee Kelley) aged 88, passed away November 11, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. She was a loving mother and friend whose brilliant smile and witty conversation will be dearly missed.

Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 9, 1932, Dorothy graduated St. Petersburg High School with honors. She then attended Stephens College for Women in Columbia, Missouri. Moving to Missouri was a grand adventure for this native Floridian, full of excitement, including the first time she ever experienced snow, and it ignited in her a life-long interest in travel.

At the completion of her studies at Stephens College, she returned to the University of Florida where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1954.

After graduation, she returned to St. Petersburg where she was granted the opportunity of a lifetime when Eastern Airlines came to town to recruit flight attendants. This was just the ticket to grant her wish to travel and see the world.

Her years as a flight attendant, based out of New York and then Miami, was a happy time for Dorothy. She enjoyed the sophistication and excitement of big-city life and made many life-long friendships.

In 1959, while based in Miami, she met a young Air Force pilot on a blind-date, and six months later, she married Doss Merritt.

She then began the next chapter of her life as an Air Force wife, following her husband to assignments in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, where their children were born, Tallahassee, Florida, Frankfurt, Germany, San Antonio and San Angelo, Texas and Layton, Utah.

Upon her husband’s passing in 1979, Dorothy returned to San Antonio, where, in keeping with her love for travel, she began a second career as a travel agent. She loved meeting new people and the satisfaction of helping others plan their dream vacations. She also took full advantage of the travel opportunities the job afforded, traveling extensively throughout the US, Caribbean, and Europe.

Her other passions were singing and reading. She was a long-time member of the Coker Methodist Church choir and especially loved participating in their holiday performances. She was also an avid library member, volunteering for the Thousand Oaks library when she was able.

In her later years she became a member of the Sodalis Assisted Living Community where she resided from 2017 until her passing. Dorothy made many friends with the residents and staff, where she was known for her humor and colorful stories.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dossey C. Merritt, and is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Merritt Swanepoel, son, Douglas Merritt and niece, Katherine Carson Wells.

The Visitation will be at 8:00am, Monday, November 23, 2020, with the Funeral Service to follow at 9:00am at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. The internment will follow at the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery at 10:00am.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association ( and Friends of Hospice San Antonio (


  • She was preceded in death by her husband, Dossey C. Merritt, and is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Merritt Swanepoel, son, Douglas Merritt and niece, Katherine Carson Wells.

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Mari Beltran

November 22, 2020


I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
I did not know your mother personally, but she must have been a great lady, because she raised a wonderful son.
May God bless you during this time, and may you know that your mother is always with you in spirit.


Maria Beltran

Phil Salazar

November 22, 2020

Douglas and Beth ,

I am very sorry for your loss and pray for your moms eternal peace. I knew her well and she was a kind loving soul who I had the privilege of having many long conversations with over the years . I’ll never forget the year I had no where to go and she took me in to live with her and her son Douglas whom I have been friends with for over 25 years . She was a strong Woman with a deep connection to our lord and I learned many things from her wisdom and kind conversations . She will be missed and her presence in my life made a difference and for that I am very grateful .

May she rest in eternal peace in the house of our lord .


Rachel Hernandez

November 21, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about your loss. May God give you strength at this difficult time. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you, and the rest of the Merritt family. Until you meet again in Glory.

Rachel and Joe Hernandez
(Phillips Sister)

Donna Wong

November 21, 2020

Dear Beth, so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mum Dorothy. I remember fondly meeting her when she came to visit you here in Cayman. My heartfelt condolences and sympathies to you and your brother at this sad time. Much love Donna

Dale and Billie Jo Malyk

November 21, 2020

Des and Beth, we pray for your comfort and endurance during this difficult time. May your good memories carry you through the bad moments.
With deepest sympathy
Dale and Billie Jo Malyk

Yanisha Bryant

November 21, 2020

It was a pleasure and an honor to get to know Mrs Dorothy Merritt. Our time together will never be forgotten. Rest peacefully Dorothy and May God give Strength and Love to her family at this time. Your in my thoughts Beth.

Lori Johnson

November 18, 2020

Hello Beth,

We're so very sorry for your loss from your family at Sodalis Stone Oak . Ms. Dorothy was a large part of our family and we'll greatly miss her! It was truly our honor to care for her for the last three years! Blessings to you and your family during this time of loss and remembrance. May your memories bring you much joy and peace.
Love Sodalis Stone Oak Staff

Diep Lytle

November 17, 2020

Beth and Douglas, I was very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I enjoyed 20 some years of sharing stories and family memories with her in the beauty shop. I'll cherish the good times with her. She was like a best friend to me.
We'll be thinking of you all on Monday and we'll be with you in spirit. We wish we could be there in person, but we need to be quarantining in preparation for Thanksgiving with our family.
Take care and God Bless.
Sincere condolences,


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