Mercer reunion held in Leesburg

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Descendants of L.G. and Stella Mercer met at the Fairfield Local School Auditeria recently for their annual reunion.

On Jan. 17, 1900, Lewis Gilmore Mercer and Stella Vance were married and eight daughters were born to this union: Bess Mercer Duncan, Opal Mercer Murray, Maxine Mercer Patton, Frances Mercer Wiggins, Jeannette Mercer Miller, Jane Mercer Cannon, Hilda Mercer Lucas and Kathryn Mercer Karnes. Each year, one of the families acts as host for the reunion. This year, the family of Frances Mercer Wiggins was the host.

The family was called together with prayer for the bountiful noon meal. This family celebration features perusing pictures, letters, other memorabilia, reminiscing, talking and eating. Reminiscing over graduation pictures, wedding pictures, and snapshots from previous reunions was enjoyed by the group. Basketball, relay, and guessing games were enjoyed by the children.

Attending from the Duncan family were: Becky Simmons Fritz; John Duncan; George and Cheri Duncan Hazelbaker; Jayson and Deidre Hazelbaker, Khaleesi and Tegan; Jeff and Lydia Duncan; Nathan and Grace Duncan Miller and McKenzie Jo; Jason and Libby Duncan McNeal and Bryson; Scott and Sarah Duncan; Bob and Janet Duncan Martin; Cory and Rachel Martin; Nathan Martin and Becky Hoban (guest); Frank and Joyce Duncan Cosler; Lucas Cosler; Erik and Amber Smith; and Jay Duncan and Jaylie.

Attending from the Murray family were: Tom and Jeanne Murray Boyle; Dave and Carol Boyle Gustin; Jared and Erin Gustin Miller, Tressel, Blaise, Joycelyn, Bionic and Aletheia; Ryan and Kara Gustin Dame, Reagan, Maverick and Declan; Brent and Ellen Boyle Zink; Terri Boyle; Jared and Bridgette Boyle Warner, Bella, Adeline and Eleanore; Jim and Jan Murray VanDervort; Deirdre Smith; Austin Ashcroft; Dave and Valerie VanDervort Reed; Tim and Amy Reed Kibbey, Reed, Simon and Jonah; Josh and Ann Reed Zerkle, Jill and Leah; Vic VanDervort; and Nic and Erika VanDervort Miller and Kate.

Attending from the Patton family was Randy Roush.

Attending from the Miller family were: Neil and Kim Miller; Scott and Stephanie Miller; Robbie Miller and Blaine Collier (guest); Andy and Jackie Pridemore; David and Jill Miller Stratton; Jaime Lyle; Josh and Chrissy Lyle, Ryona and Tristen Hetzer; Angela Miller; Stacey Miller Blevins; Ryan and Penny Miller; Austin Miller and Kaitlin Meade (guest); and Hunter Tira.

Attending from the Lucas family were: Hilda Mercer Lucas; Richard and Peggy Lucas; Kevin and LuAnn Lucas Roe; Landry and Abby Roe, Harper and Porter; Rob and Lynette Lucas McCray and Bert; Molly McCray, Luca and T.D. Matesic and Mila McNutt; Chase and McKenzie McCray Henson, Larah and Stella; Phyllis Lucas Garrison; Kathy Lucas Nutter; Otis Wagner; Tate and Heather Wagner; Preston Wagner and Laura Lyle (guest); Chandler Wagner and Makayla Montgomery (guest); Gwendolyn and Noralyn Duncan; Owen and Tia Wagner O’Connor, Meg and Azalea, Caitlyn and Sean Tervo (guests); Franklin and Jan Lucas; and Rodney and Hannah Lucas Banks, Lila and Lucas.

Attending from the Karnes family were: Gil Karnes and Pearl Jenkin (guest); Lee Karnes; Rachel Karnes Thomas, Bailey and Jordan; Nancy Karnes; Steven and Patti Karnes, Tara and Bryn; Meghann Karnes Ackley and Addy.

Members of the Cannon family were unable to attend.

Those attending the reunion wish to thank the Wiggins family for graciously hosting the reunion even though they were unable to attend.

The family will gather together next year on Sunday, June 25 with the family of Jeannette Mercer Miller as the next scheduled host.

Submitted by Janice VanDervort, New Vienna.

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