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Linda "Mimi" Barefoot Merritt
Linda “Mimi” Barefoot Merritt

Linda “Mimi” Barefoot Merritt, of Wilmington, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. She was 71.

Linda was born in Wilmington on March 7, 1944, the daughter of the late Howard Barefoot and Grace Savage Prestwood. She was preceded in death by her sister, Karen Barefoot.

Linda is survived by her loving husband, Bobby Merritt; daughters, Lisa Shipp Register and Kimberly Shipp Padgett (Keith); brother, DeWayne Barefoot; grandchildren, Lindsay Register Sullivan, Cory Padgett, Cameron Padgett and Krystina Padgett; and great-grandson, Ethan Willis.

She was a member of Scotts Hill Baptist Church. Linda grew up in Wilmington and graduated from New Hanover High School in 1962. Linda had a love for children and would open her home and heart to anyone in need.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, at Andrews Market Street Chapel. Her celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at Andrews Market Street Chapel. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Linda touched many lives with her love and kindness and will live forever in our hearts.

The family would like to express a special thank-you to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and for all of the prayers and love received from her family and friends.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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