Brenda R. Merten passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Morristown, N.J. Brenda was born on December 1, 1935 in Watford, England. Brenda proudly became an American citizen in 1977. Brenda and her late husband Howard A. Merten, Sr. were the owners of Merten Design Kitchens in Morristown for many years. Upon their retirement to Arkansas they owned and operated the Bypass Boatel and Storage in Heber Springs, AR. Brenda is survived by her daughter Johanna Thacker of Morristown, N.J., son Philip Thacker of N. Little Rock, AR; seven step-children, Linda Norris, Gail Gendrau, Pamela Pappas, Karol Merten, Martha Sharp, Howard Merten, Jr., and Jon Merten, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother David Stephens (Pat) and several nieces and nephews in England.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Heber Springs on Friday, August 2, at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brenda’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church, 1313 Pine St, Heber Springs, AR, 72543.