Whitesburg KY

Merlene Day dies at 81



Merlene Davis Day, 81, of Roxana, died August 15 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.

She was the daughter of the late Thurston and Maxie Whitaker Davis.

Mrs. Day worked many years as a bookkeeper for several coal companies and retired from Mountain Comprehensive Health Care in 2003. She was a longtime member of the Letcher County Historical and Genealogical Society and was a very active member of the Pine Mountain Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution where she had served as treasurer and registrar and was committee chair of Genealogical Records and Lineage Research.

Surviving are her husband of almost 62 years, Doyle Day; twin daughters, Cecelia Whitaker and husband George and Amelia Fields, all of Roxana; a son, Kevin Day and wife Wendy of Whitesburg; daughterin law, Teresa Day; seven grandchildren, Travis Whitaker and wife Leighann of Roxana, Christopher Whitaker and wife Brooke of Whitesburg, Amanda Hall and husband Jason of Hazard, Megan Perkins and husband Raymond of Roxana, Victoria Day of Cornettsville, Larry “LKD” Day of Whitesburg, and Rocky Day of Whitesburg; five great-grandchildren, Drew and Isaiah Whitaker, Lilah and Emmie Perkins and Keira Isaac; a brother, Tom Davis of Columbus, Ind.; three sisters, Jowanda Day and husband Jim of Beavercreek, Ohio, Elaine Moore of Richmond, and Brenda Davis of Lexington; and a sister-in-law, Oveta Davis of Scipio, Ind.

She was preceded in death by a son, Tim Day; a son-in-law, Andy Fields; a brother, Jim Davis; and a sister-in-law, Donna Davis.

Funeral services were held August 18 at Letcher Funeral Home. Burial was in the Whitaker-Davis family cemetery on Mill Branch.

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