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Betty Jean (Craddock) Merchant

April 29, 1930 ~ April 26, 2017 (age 86)

Betty Jean Merchant

     ALGOA - Mrs. Betty Jean Merchant went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, April 26, 2017, in Alvin.

     Born April 29, 1930 in Houston, Mrs. Merchant had been a resident of Algoa since 1973. Betty graduated from Milby High School, had been a dispatcher for Friendswood Police Department, cashier at Gulf Greyhound Park and was a former member of Friendswood United Methodist Church. She liked cooking, traveling on cruises and she especially enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred Paul and Thelma (Whitfield) Craddock; husband, Claude Davis Merchant; sons, Clifford Davis Merchant, Garry Jay Merchant, Terry Ray Merchant and a sister, Dorothy May Maness.

     Survivors include her sons, Steve Merchant of Key West, Florida, Stephen Franz and wife, Cathy of Houston; daughter, Donna Rae Hinnant and Daniel Neffendorf of George West; 7 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren. Also, a longtime friend of the family who she considered like a son, Freddie Salinas.

     Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017, in the chapel of Hayes Funeral Home, with Reverend Jim Bass officiating. Interment will follow at South Park Cemetery, 1310 North Main, Pearland, Texas.

     Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, 10412 Highway 6, Hitchcock, TX (409) 925-3501.

 Service Information

April 28, 2017

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Hayes Funeral Home Chapel
10412 Highway Six
Hitchcock, Texas 77563

Funeral Service
April 29, 2017

2:00 PM
Hayes Funeral Home Chapel
10412 Highway Six
Hitchcock, Texas 77563

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