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Hampton Vaughan Crestview Funeral Home & Memorial Park

1917 Archer City Hwy, Wichita Falls, TX

OBITUARY

Judith M Meriwether

August 24, 1947May 6, 2020
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Judith Marie Meriwether, age 72, passed away peacefully May 6, 2020, in Wichita Falls,Texas. Funeral Services will be at 1:00 PM, Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Hampton Vaughan Crestview Funeral Home. Interment will be in Hampton Vaughan Crestview Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 – 8 PM, Friday, May 8, 2020 at the funeral home observing the suggested social distancing required. She was born August 24, 1947, in Hugo, Oklahoma to Ralph and Helen Berryhill. Her father was in the military which eventually led the family to El Paso, Texas. Judy graduated from Irvin High School in El Paso, Texas. She attended college at The University of Texas in El Paso where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Education specializing in Science. Judy was passionate about teaching and coaching. She taught in El Paso, Germany, and settled in Copperas Cove in 1979, where she taught Biology and coached the cheerleaders at Copperas Cove High School for close to 25 years. She was dearly loved by her students and her cheerleaders who affectionately called her, Ms. Meri. Judy retired in 2004 from teaching and made the move to Wichita Falls to be closer to her family. She worked as a Sentinel and as a Property/Evidence Room Technician for the City of Wichita Falls from 2005-2008. Her interests included her family, her dogs which she had many through the years and adored them all, and prior to breaking her hip, playing golf. Judy is survived by her brother, Bob Berryhill; 2 sons and their spouses, Al and Tina Vitolo, Walter and Melissa Meriwether; and 5 grandchildren, Cole Vitolo and wife Madelyn, Alex Vitolo, William, Wynn and Lily Meriwether; and 1 great grandson, Baylor McCoy. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Helen Berryhill. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Judy’s name to Emily’s Legacy Rescue. www.emilyslegacyrescue.com Online condolences may be made at hamptonvaughancrestview.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 8, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 9, 2020

  • Interment

    Saturday, May 9, 2020

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Shannan Tracy

May 12, 2020

Judy was one of my rocks when I was a new teacher. I could always count on her to lend me an ear and put a smile on my face. She was a fierce supporter of me, and I will never forget it. And her love of her boys was always present and expressed! She was a hard worker and very motivated. She motivated others to greatness. I loved her as my "teacher mom". May God bless the beautiful family that she helped create and bring them peace and success in their lives.

Mary Torres

May 9, 2020

Judy Meriwether was a wonderful lady. She was tough but very kind. We had a good time working together and having each other's backs. She will be missed by all the people whose lives she touched.

Shirley Calvert laughlin

May 9, 2020

A dedicated lady to her work and to her sons. she did a great job on the one son I know... Walter learned cheer and tumbling from her at her school and it became a very rewarding career. Most impressive is the hundreds of lives Walter and wife Melissa have impacted through the business that turned into a ministry. What a tribute to say: I learned at my mother 's feet.

Not meaning to relegate Al 's work to anything lesser... Knowing Judy, she could have probably taught him how to drive a fire truck.

Both sons stood by this brave woman as far as they could as she left this earthly life and she was blessed by that knowledge. May comfort embrace all this dear family and the love of your mother be your cherished legacy. Granny Shirley Calvert

Deedee johnson

May 8, 2020

this lady figured me out and made me live up to my potential. I'm so grateful for all the hard challenges she did for me. Everytime I saw her in the hall
Her arms were cross and shaking her head. Thanks so much for everything.
Love always Deedee

Janet Checksfield

May 8, 2020

This brought back so many happy memories. Judy was so so loved bye all her students. She was my son Stephen and daughter Andrea’s cheerleading coach. She was truly one of the best most straight forward persons I had the privilege of know. I pray she has special place in Heaven because she definitely earned her wings. My condolences to all her family and friends.

The Checksfield Family. 💔❤️

Terrie Blasi

May 8, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I was so blessed to have know Judy as my neighbor, my friend and fellow dog lover. We bonded over our love of dogs, cried together when we lost one, and enjoyed our furry babies so much. She was one of the strongest women I have ever known and I hope I can be as tough as she was. She loved her family very much and was so proud of all of you. My family and I hope you can find some comfort knowing Judy was loved and admired by so many and will be missed dearly. Terrie, James and the Blasi Family

Michael Sharp

May 8, 2020

I was one of Ms. Meriwether’s cheerleaders from 1995-1997. I had wanted to be a Cove cheerleader since I saw them in the 1st grade. I thought she was tough but fair and she took care of her guys on the squad! I am now a dance teacher and often think of things that she told me or ways she approached situations and mimic or utilize what she taught me. A few years back I looked her up on Facebook and wrote her a letter telling her thanx for all the lessons she taught me and how I used them now as a coach but it never went through on my phone. So now I say Thank you! It was an honor and blessing to be coached by the legendary Ms. Meriwether of Copperas Cove High school Cheer and your memory will always stay strong with me! Until we meet again.

Linda Elliott

May 8, 2020

Judy was such a sweet lady, who was so dedicated to the students of Copperas Cove High School. Many fond memories of her on the sidelines at Friday night football games.

Tony Huffins

May 7, 2020

I remember that day when I tumbled in the gym while at basketball practice and the cheerleaders were stretching out. Homer came over and asked me if I wanted to be in cheer.. initially I was like um why.. but once I met everyone and had a chance to be a part of the family that Judy built.. it was a perfect fit for me. I saw the world because of Mrs. Meriweather and if it hadn't been for her believing in me, I would have not made it in cheer and tumbling... At the time Homer was the only full time male cheerleader but he was graduating which left me with all the girls.... not a bad gig actually... lol I will miss you Mrs. Meriiwether and thank you!

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