Joyce Louise Petty Mertz

Joyce Louise Petty Mertz, 95, of Highlands, passed away Monday, October 23, 2023, at her home.  She was born September 15, 1928, in Baytown to her late parents, Oscar Petty and Edith Barrow Petty.

Mrs. Mertz had lived in Highlands since 1955 and was a member of the First Apostolic Church there and had previously lived in Baytown. She was a very crafty person, having made many floral arrangements and arts and crafts projects. Earlier in life she did a lot of crocheting, cooking and playing the piano by ear.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edmund Otto Mertz; sons, Rodney Wayne Mertz, Jay Anthony Mertz and Larry Mertz; daughter, Susan Mertz Holston and all of her brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Dea Ann Mertz Joerg; grandchildren, Wendy, Brandy, Sabrina, Daniel, Crystal, Jonathan, Candace and Amber.  Also surviving her are numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, more family members and friends.

A graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Monday, October 30, 2023, at the Old Kinkler Cemetery in Hallettsville, Texas. All services are under the guidance of Pace Stancil Funeral Home Dayton, Texas.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


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