Ms. Armitage was born May 26, 1930, in Marinette, Wis., to Otto and Irma Niehardt Boerner. She married Willie Merton on Nov. 26, 1945, and was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Joyce (Wayne) Lee of Beeville; a son, William (Emmajean) Armitage of Houston; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Albert Boerner of New Hampshire and Jerry Boerner of Montana; and two sisters, Agnes Thompson of New Hampshire and Patricia Viles of Oregon.
A graveside service was held Saturday, Dec. 28, at 11 a.m. at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Brownsville.
Galloway & Sons Funeral Home