Mrs. Merridy W. Gram, 71

Mrs. Merridy Wulz Gram, 71, of Gainesville passed away Friday, April 12, 2019 at her residence following an extended illness.

A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Merridy was born on January 5, 1948 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of the late Donald Lawrence and Dorothy Jane Lodge Wulz. Although born in Milwaukee, she grew up in St. Louis and then moved to Bronxville, New York her senior year of high school. She attended Central College in Pella, Iowa where she met the love of her life, John A. Gram. The next year she transferred to the University of Georgia where she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.

While serving in the US Army, John was assigned to the NATO element in Izmir, Turkey. Merridy moved to Izmir and they were married there on September 6, 1969. They remained in Izmir for 2 years before moving back to Georgia, where John attended law school at the University of Georgia.

Merridy and John then moved to Gainesville, where Merridy raised their four children- Mark, Christina, Stephen and David. Merridy had such a great love for her family and loved all the joys that came with raising her children. Through her 20-plus consecutive years of having at least one child in the Gainesville City School System, Merridy developed cherished relationships with countless people throughout the community. 

Merridy worked as a preschool teacher at Candler Street Kindergarten located on Candler Street in Gainesville. She loved retail and later went to work for The Brass Key, Allen Waters Inc., The Woodpecker Basket Works and Cozy Corner until she retired.

Merridy was a member of the Chattahoochee Study Club, and she was involved with the Gainesville Cotillion. She loved to plant geraniums all around her home and watch them bloom. She also loved taking long walks in her neighborhood with her dogs.
The family would love to extend a very special Thank You to Amber Burce who was a very caring friend and devoted caregiver to Merridy.

Merridy is survived by her husband of 49 years, John Gram; son and daughter in law, Mark and Tracey Gram; daughter, Christina Gram; son, Stephen Gram; son and daughter in law, David and Brooke Gram; 4 grandchildren, Will, Sarah Bates, Walker, and McClees; brother, Greg Wulz; sister, Janelle W. Hamblen; brother, Jeff Wulz and a number of other relatives.

In lieu of flowers the family request that you make donations to the charity of your choice.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, 2030 Memorial Park Road, Gainesville, GA  30504 is in charge of arrangements.

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Cindy & Bobby Staszak 2019-04-14 10:41:12
Christina and family We are so sorry and you and your family in our thoughts and prayers
Williams Family 2019-04-15 10:54:09
Condolences to the Gram family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, "heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds." May God bring you comfort and peace.
Virginia adams 2019-04-15 14:07:35
John, just read of your sweet Merridy passing. She was one of the special ladies I ever had as a hygienist patient. My thoughts and prayers for you and all the family.
Helen and Clyde Pirkle 2019-04-15 16:30:21
John and children, I have been sad all day thinking about Merridy. All the fun we had watching the girls play tennis and Softball. Also, working with her at Cozy Corner. She was way to young to leave us. A dear person loved by my family. Love, Helen & Clyde
Linda and John Sundstrom 2019-04-15 17:26:03
Just learned of Merridy's passing. Our deep condolences to John and the family.
Susan hosford 2019-04-16 05:32:39
She was always smiling and anxious to help. I knew her because she worked with my daughter Becca at the Brass Key.
Cynetia Banks 2019-04-17 09:12:42
To the Gram Family, I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Gram, she was such a elegant, beautiful lady. I remember her pleasant smile and personality. May God hold each of you in his arms and heal the sorrow that you feel. Praying for each of you. Sincerely, Cynetia Banks and Family
Tom and Linda Chapman 2019-04-17 14:09:02
John and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you now, and hoping God will bring you peace and comfort. Sincerely, Tom and Linda Chapman
Ronald Benson Clark 2019-04-18 00:23:32
Christina and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Merridy's passing. She was a mother to all of us in high school and I'll never forget summers at your house and hanging out on the boat. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love always, Ronnie
Jennifer Dyer Buddin 2019-04-18 11:00:00
Dear John, Christina, Mark, Stephen, and David, Merridy was one of a kind. I can hear her laughter so clearly right now. I loved sitting with her in your kitchen and chatting. She was so fascinating to talk to. She had a thoughtfulness about her and the way she conversed that made evident how smart she was and also how empathetic she was. She frequently started sentences with "You know Jennifer..." and you knew some great insight would follow. I loved hearing her sing Footloose at the top of her lungs as she ran on the treadmill in the morning. She loved your dogs so much. She was joyful. You could tell how much fun she had being your mom. For Christina's birthday one year (I think 12?) she came to each of Christina's friends homes to wake us up, and put us in her car, still in our PJs. We came to your house and surprised Christina by waking her up. It was one of the best birthday parties I remember b/c it was such an adventure, and she was leading the way. She was one of the handful of wonderful friend's mothers that loved me and helped raise me too. I'm so grateful to have known her. She continues to inspire me in how special and fun she was, and I'll always carry her memory with me fondly. I love her and I love you all. - Jennifer
Charles and Brenda Gignilliat 2019-04-20 02:01:54
We are saddened for your tremendous loss. Merridy was kind and precious. Take comfort in knowing she was such a blessing to so many.
Charles and Brenda Gignilliat 2019-04-20 07:35:00
It is with great sadness, we express our sympathy to all of Merridy's family and friends. She was so precious and kind.
Malinda Sund 2019-04-21 07:42:25
May her memory be a blessing.
Virginia Hoyle 2019-04-24 12:42:18
To all of Merridy’s family. Although I’ve only known Merridy a short was evident by her smile and laughter that she loved life and her family May you find peace and comfort through Gods love and grace. Cherish the sweet memories. Virginia “Vivi”. Hoyle
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