Merri Kay Nelson, 68, of Wesley Chapel, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2022.
She was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and spent her childhood and young adult years in Jacksonville, Florida. She lived many years in many states and countries as a military spouse before the family moved to Wesley Chapel in 1994. There she taught years of elementary school before eventually moving into her specialty of middle school math before her retirement. She was a member of Bridgeway Church in Wesley Chapel.
Merri Kay enjoyed watching game shows, especially Wheel of Fortune. She was an avid football fan including the Florida Gators, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins (from before the 1972 undefeated era but especially the Dan Marino era). Merri Kay also loved spending time with her precious family, especially her grandkids. She was diagnosed with brain cancer and valiantly fought it for 7 years despite a 1.5 year prognosis – something she readily credited to her faith in Jesus. She will be remembered for her unwavering positivity in any situation and her strong, fighting spirit. She radiated kindness from her core and her ability to effortlessly put the needs of others before hers will always be admired. Her illuminating smile will fill our hearts with joy forever.
She is survived by her son Michael (Katie), daughters, Katie (Will) Perez and Becky Bush, and her beloved grandchildren, Lili, Wyatt, Mia, Josiah and Elias. Also surviving is her sister, Bette (Chuck) Gilpin. She is reunited in Heaven with her mother and father, Alfred and Patricia Walker and her sister, Linda Walker.
There will be a Celebration of Life for Merri Kay on Friday, January 13, 2023, at 5:30 pm at Bridgeway Church, 30660 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel, Florida, 33545.