LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It was a somber day for family and friends of Peggy Merimon as they were finally able to lay her to rest. Nearly 4-years-ago, Merimon disappeared from the Lubbock State School where she worked.
Search after search turned up nothing, then, two months ago, a hunter discovered her remains in north Lubbock County. On Saturday her family remembered the life she lived.
It has been a long, rough journey for Merimon's family to get to where they are today."My mom was determined to take situations that were bad and turn them into good," said her son Sven Appleton.
Dozens gathered at Trinity Church Saturday morning to say one last goodbye. For years this family has stuck together and always tried to remain strong.
"I've heard many times throughout the last four years that myself and the rest of my family has been a inspiration and in a strange way at least for me a source of strength for so many. We have simply responded to a horrible situation in the way that we were taught," said Appleton.
Peggy leaves behind a huge family of seven children and 25 grandchildren, and 24-years-ago on Saturday, she married her husband Gearl.
"She loved all of the holidays, but there was something special to her about the fourth of July celebrating with friends and family, freedom, heritage. She was a patriot. She never served in the military, but she certainly went to battle many times for her kids and her family and her friends. She understood sacrifice," said Appleton.
And while they believe she is in a better place, saying goodbye is still hard. "Mom, you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith, and you have taught me all that I need to know, and I am so grateful," said Appleton.
A family is one step closer to peace, as they remember a loved one who had so much life to live. This family's journey is not over yet. Next will be the trial for Mickey Patterson. He is charged with murder for Merimon's and her co-worker Kay Harrelson's deaths. No date has been set for that yet.
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