Bette Jane Merritt
Bette Jane Merritt

Bette Jane Merritt


Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother


Bette Jane Merritt, 53, of Albion, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020 due to an automobile accident.  She was born April 12, 1967 in Erie, a daughter of Edith (Gevin) Dimon of Cranesville and the late Clinton Dimon.  Bette graduated from Northwestern High School in 1985.  She worked at the Northwestern School District as an emotional support aide, and most recently she worked at GECAC as tutor coordinator for adult education.  Bette was a member of the Federated Church in East Springfield where she was active in women’s ministry, and in high school she was a member of the International Thespian Society.  Bette was an avid sports mom, always being involved in her children’s activities, and she enjoyed doing crafts.  Above all, she had a calling to be a mom, family was her number one priority, and she will be missed dearly by her family and all her extended family and friends. Bette was the embodiment of Christian grace and love, extending both to all she encountered. She dedicated her life to making a difference in the lives of others while pointing them towards Christ. No matter who you were, where you came from, or what you had done, Bette believed everyone deserved to be loved and shown grace. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Dimon.  She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Harold E. “Boots” Merritt, whom she married March 25, 1989, four children, Josiah Merritt and his wife, Corey, of Ashtabula, OH, Jared Merritt of Erie, Abigail Merritt of Albion, Isaac Merritt of Albion, two grandchildren, Eloise and Olive Merritt, a sister, Mary Kelly and her husband, Tim, of East Springfield, two brothers, Jim Dimon and his wife, Joan, of Union City, and Dennis Dimon, and many nieces and nephews.  Calling hours will be held at the Federated Church, 11995 Main Street, East Springfield, following all recommended CDC guidelines, on Friday from 1-3pm and 5pm until the time of a service there at 7pm.  A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 10am at Hope Cemetery, Wellsburg.  Memorials may be made in honor of Bette to the Erie City Mission, P.O. Box 407, Erie, PA  16512.  The Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, is handling the funeral arrangements.  To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit 


Left by  “Bill and Dede Morian and Family” on 07/10/2020

We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Bette. May Gods love comfort you through this difficult time. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. With Deepest Sympathy.

Left by  “Paige (Zap) Staples” on 07/10/2020

Merritt family, I am so sad, my heart breaks and grieves with your family. I am so grateful for the hope we have in Christ and that we know where Bette is.. that hope brings rejoicing but that rejoicing is not without much pain and sorrow. I love you guys and I deeply grieve and sorrowfully in hope also rejoice with you.

Left by  “Russ Weber” on 07/09/2020

Hi Boots
I can not even imagine your pain I know your faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will see you through till you meet your Loved One again

Left by  “” on 07/09/2020

We are so very sorry for your loss. So thankful Bette knew our Lord and Savior Jesus,

Left by  “Mark and Darcy Paradise” on 07/08/2020

Praying for God to grant you peace during this time! Your family has made so many memoirs over the years! Hold on to them.

Left by  “Nancy & Bill Leopold Family” on 07/08/2020

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Left by  “Becky Cutchens & Barry Nyberg” on 07/08/2020

Boots, sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you.

Left by  “Barbara Swanson” on 07/08/2020

I was sadden to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences.

Left by  “Judy Flanagan Koehler” on 07/08/2020

Boots, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Left by  “The Daugherty Family ” on 07/08/2020

Boots and All of Betty’s Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We send our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers to you all. May the Lord give you much strength, and His comfort and His peace during this most difficult time and through the days ahead.
Love, Gary & Lisa Daugherty
Brendan & Christine Daugherty and Family

Left by  “Don Henry ” on 07/08/2020

Sorry for your loss . Thoughts and prayers you and your family.

Gannon Wrestling

Left by  “Greg, Shannon Wohlford and family ” on 07/08/2020

So sorry for your loss, our hearts and prayers are with you and the entire family.

Left by  “Kirsti Rozalski(Copeland) and Family” on 07/08/2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family and northwestern community.

Left by  “Janet & Charles Chandler” on 07/08/2020

So very sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to Boots and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Left by  “Bob & Travis Pettis” on 07/07/2020

Our Deepest Sympathy to all family of Bette Merritt. We are so very sorry for your loss. May Jesus give you Peace & Comfort each day. Our Thoughts & Prayers for you Boots, kids & all Family. God Bless!!!!

Left by  “Tonya Giddings ” on 07/07/2020

Thinking of you and your family Boots, during this difficult time

Left by  “Cindy Brandon” on 07/07/2020

To many memories of a mom of Sports God rest her soul.sorry for the loss in many lifes

Left by  “Sandy Fetzner” on 07/07/2020

So very sorry for your loss, you have my thoughts and prayers...

Left by  “Wayne & Carol Hennen” on 07/07/2020

Boots and family, Words fail to express the level of comfort we want to convey. May God comfort you and grant you peace. I know He WILL!

Left by  “Dale and Joyce Sherman” on 07/07/2020

So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Left by  “Clair & Valarie Henley” on 07/07/2020

Our heartfelt sympathies to the Merritt & Dimon families.

Left by  “Diana Moyer” on 07/07/2020

So sorry for your great loss. Prayers to all of you. She truly was the most caring and sweetest person. She will be deeply missed.

Left by  “Susan McQueeney ” on 07/07/2020

So sorry for the loss of Bette. She gave me a very nice compliment on her last day of work. I was so thankful for that. Prayers for her family.

Left by  “Ron and Joyce Jones” on 07/07/2020

Our deepest sympathy to the Merritt and Dimon families on your tragic loss! May God wrap his arms around you and carry you through to a place of peace.

Left by  “Scott and Sue Oliveria” on 07/07/2020

We are so very sorry about this tragedy to your family! May the love of God through family and friends embrace as you try to move forward.

Left by  “Walt & Deb Weir” on 07/07/2020

Boots and Family Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

Left by  “Bob & Helen Schuster” on 07/07/2020

Boots & families we are so sorry of the loss of your loved one. Prayers for all. God Bless.

Left by  “Ben and lizz Wilson ” on 07/07/2020

You will be missed. I’m glad I had an opportunity to reconnect with you before your journey home. We love you and you will be missed. Boots And family, you are in ourprayers.

Left by  “Mark & Karen Guerin ” on 07/07/2020

Mary we are so sorry on your loss. Many Blessings to you and your family. Prayers will be with you and your family.

Left by  “Rebecca and Margaret Schwald ” on 07/07/2020

We are at a loss for words. Please know that we are so sorry for your loss and are praying for you all.

Left by  “Nancy Anderson” on 07/07/2020

I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

Left by  “Brandi Copeland” on 07/07/2020

Praying for your entire family and the NW community during this time. May Gods grace surround everyone and may they remain close to Him in the midst of pain.

Left by  “Kerry and Charlene Kerr” on 07/07/2020

Our thoughts are with you in this time of grief! We will remember Bette fondly when we think back on Little Gridders, NW wrestling, and football. We spent many hours cheering on our boys! May you find peace in the thought that she is now with the Lord!

Left by  “Dennis and Karen Teed” on 07/07/2020

Boots, Sorry for your loss. Josiah, Jared, Abbey and Isaac: Your mother cherished you. You all were her priority. Hold on and cherish your precious memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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