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Merrick Dowdell (McIntosh) Pitts

June 16, 1923April 25, 2021
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Merrick Dowdell McIntosh Pitts died on April 25th, 2021. She was born on June 16, 1923 in McIntosh County, Georgia. She attended Valdosta State and later received her Master’s degree from Appalachian State University. Merrick was a Hillsborough County School Social Worker for 30 years, retiring as a Coordinator. Members of Merrick’s family were prominent educators in Hillsborough county schools for many years. She was the third of six generations to attend Hyde Park Methodist Church. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Social Workers of Hillsborough County Schools and many other organizations during her long and inspiring life. She was preceded in death by her parents Felix Alvin McIntosh and Sallie Matt Dowdell McIntosh. She was as a descendant of Donald Bain McIntosh, an early Scottish settler of McIntosh County Georgia. Merrick’s family came to the Tampa area just after 1900 settling in Hillsborough and Manatee Counties. Her great Grandfather built sections of the first railroad into Tampa and beyond to the south. Family members owned and developed Wimauma, which is named after her grandmother and her sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Jane Pitts Mikowski; grandson, Christopher Merrick Mikowski and his wife Marcela Galdames Mikowskil; two great grandsons, Connor Merrick Mikowski and Fischer McIntosh Mikowski. She is also survived by Marijo Pitts Sheffield (Chuck), Jimmy Pitts (Lou), their children and grandchildren, and numerous cousins and dear friends. The family would like to thank Vicki Ferraro, Mitzi Ridgwell, Kim Hunt and Bayada Home Health Care, especially Madeline, Tammy, Latrisa and Valerie. With their loving care, Merrick was able to remain in her home. The funeral service will take place at Hyde Park Methodist Church, 500 W. Platt St. on Tuesday, May 4th at 10:30am. Interment to follow at Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Please consider making a donation to Hyde Park Methodist Church. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.

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  • She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Jane Pitts Mikowski; grandson, Christopher Merrick Mikowski and his wife Marcela Galdames Mikowskil; two great grandsons, Connor Merrick Mikowski and Fischer McIntosh Mikowski. She is also survived by Marijo Pitts Sheffield (Chuck), Jimmy Pitts (Lou), their children and grandchildren, and numerous cousins and dear friends.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

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Mayte Casella

May 1, 2021

Merrick and I walked through Disciple Bible Study together over 30 years ago. Our faith and friendship grew over the years. She was an amazing woman mentor and Christ follower. I will miss our talks, her advice, and her laughter.
In deepest regret on this loss, but so happy she is eternally at rest.
Mayte

Kenneth Gaughan

April 30, 2021

It is with great sadness that I write about the passing of Merrick. She was a very special person. My sincere sympathy to her family and friends. I met her when I joined School Social Work Services in 1980. Later, I succeeded her as a Coordinator. She left an important imprint and legacy of service. I will not be at the memorial service because I am out of town. My thoughts and prayers will be there.

Ken Gaughan
Supervisor of School Social, retired
Hillsborough County Public Schools

Joyce Beeman

April 29, 2021

I met Merrick in 1969 as a Hillsborough County School Social worker.
She was a generous caring person who taught me more social work skills.
Merrick introduced me to AnnaMaria Island and shared her house there with me. Even after we both retired we remained friends.

Marcia Weller

April 28, 2021

Merrick was there for me, and offered me comfort, during a difficult time in my life. I will be forever grateful to Merrick and Nancy for welcoming me into their family when most needed. Merrick's loving compassion has left a lasting impression on many. She will be missed with memories of her many acts of kindness and love.

With deep sympathy,
Marcia Weller

Sheri Robinson

April 28, 2021

Merrick was very special in so many ways! I will miss her annual birthday cards, Friday happy hours last couple years, and most of all her smile and always welcoming character. She will certainly Rest In Peace. God bless🙏.

Victoria Ferraro

April 27, 2021

When I think of you, I think of your radiant smile that never failed to greet me when I walked into your home, the stories shared and the laughter that came with them. Your company and friendship has meant the world to me these past 16 years. I can honestly say that I've enjoyed every moment I spent in your company and I can't say that about very many people. I love you and will miss you terribly, Merrick. You were simply the best.

Joanne Rocco

April 27, 2021

Dear Nancy Jane and Family,
While I am saddened by your loss, I am gladdened at the sweet memories of the ever smiling Merrick and her love of life. She was a treasure. My best to you.
Joanne Rocco

Kim HUNT

April 26, 2021

Please accept my sincerest sympathy on the loss of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family on the loss of Merrick. She was always so proud of all her family.
Her loving Daughter Nancy Jane, Grandson Christopher and Marcela and how she would beam as she spoke of her Great Grandchildren Connor and Fischer.
And so, in Merrick’s words
“Here’s tegga…Here’s told Ya..
If I’d never seen Ya … I’d Never Known Ya”
Love to you all

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Biography

She was born on June 16, 1923 in McIntosh County, Georgia. She attended Valdosta State and later received her Master’s degree from Appalachian State University. Merrick was a Hillsborough County School Social Worker for 30 years, retiring as a Coordinator. Members of Merrick’s family were prominent educators in Hillsborough county schools for many years.
She was the third of six generations to attend Hyde Park Methodist Church. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Social Workers of Hillsborough County Schools and many other organizations during her long and inspiring life. She was preceded in death by her parents Felix Alvin McIntosh and Sallie Matt Dowdell McIntosh. She was as a descendant of Donald Bain McIntosh, an early Scottish settler of McIntosh County Georgia. Merrick’s family came to the Tampa area just after 1900 settling in Hillsborough and Manatee Counties. Her great Grandfather built sections of the first railroad into Tampa and beyond to the south. Family members owned and developed Wimauma, which is named after her grandmother and her sisters.