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Rebecca J. Mertz

Rebecca J. Mertz

October 12, 1947 - June 19, 2020     Age: 72

Rebecca Jones Mertz, 72, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, June 19, 2020.

Born the third child of six children to shrimp boat captain Rupert “Bud” and his wife Thelma Jones in Fernandina Beach, FL, Becky was a lifelong resident of Fernandina and proud Fernandina Beach High School graduate class of 1965.

 Becky loved to travel the world sharing the love of Jesus on mission trips with her church family at Living Waters World Outreach Center. One of her many talents included being a hairdresser, which she made her profession for over 40 years, retiring from Changes Beauty Salon.

She leaves behind her beloved husband of 44 years Mark of Fernandina Beach, two daughters Cortney (Walter, Jr) Gray and Jennifer (David) Wilson, four grandchildren Trey Gray, Libby Gray, Emma Gray, and Makalah Wilson, all of Yulee, sisters Dottie Harrison of Fernandina Beach, Kathy Sheldon of Yulee, Susie (Scott) Lawhorne of Charlotte NC, RL (Eyonne) Jones of Melbourne FL, and sister in law Diana Mertz of Fernandina Beach. Becky also loved her many nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, customers, classmates, and friends to numerous to count. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Bonnie Davisson. 

Her family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Oxley-Heard Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Living Waters World Outreach Center.

The service will also be live streamed on the church’s Facebook page for those unable to attend in person.  She will be laid to rest immediately following in Chester Cemetery.

24 Condolences

  • Chris Bryan Posted June 20, 2020 1:58 pm

    Prayers for the family. Becky always had a smile and always made you feel happy when you talked with her. She will be missed.

  • Faye Flannery Posted June 20, 2020 3:09 pm

    Prayers for the family 🙏🙏

  • Tommy & Sur Hall Posted June 20, 2020 3:25 pm

    So saddened by the passing of our dear friend & sister in Christ. She is now in the very presence of the One she loved & worshiped with such abandon.
    Love & prayers for ALL of the family.
    A real woman of God in every respect. We’ll miss our times of sweet fellship.

  • Brandy McCormick Posted June 20, 2020 5:26 pm

    My prayers are with the family.. I’m saddened by this news and i’m surely she will be missed by many.

  • Carl & Barbara Posted June 20, 2020 6:19 pm

    Peace, Love & Prayers for all of the family and friends. Becky was my sister’s best high school friend. Saw her a lot in those years. Fun full of life and had a wonderful smile that she shared with everyone. We will miss you Beck. RIP.

  • Ellen Babb Melvin Posted June 21, 2020 2:46 pm

    I was so saddened to see that Becky had died. Her sister, Lucy, and I were best friends in junior high and I spent a lot of time at their house and Becky was often with Lucy and me. Becky and I reconnected several years ago on Facebook and I enjoyed keeping up with her. My condolences to all her family. May God wrap his arms around them all and give them comfort and peace.

  • Guy and Pam Stalvey Posted June 21, 2020 3:01 pm

    Our hearts go out to Becky’s family during this sad time of loss, but we know that she is at home with the Lord. She was a very sweet person and her love for Jesus was her passion. We are thankful to have known her. May God bless her family and give them peace, strength and comfort in the coming days.

  • Faye Carter Posted June 21, 2020 5:09 pm

    Praying for all who love her that God wraps His Loving arms around you all with peace, comfort, & strength to carry on her legacy of being a good and faithful servant!

  • Gail Cook Posted June 22, 2020 5:12 pm

    Praying for the peace and comfort that God can provide. Hold onto each other and share the many wonderful memories of Becky! One I have is the she gave Kristy Cook her first haircut. I still have the snippets of hair she gave me to keep. I always loved talking to her even though it would be awhile between times I saw her.

  • Jackie and Tim Hiller Posted June 22, 2020 7:25 pm

    What a sweet Godly woman that heaven has gained! She was the best. Friend, prayer warrior and example. Oh she will be missed!

  • Allan and Donna Milberger Posted June 22, 2020 7:40 pm

    Until we at the banquet table.meet again

  • David, Carlie, Destiny, and Daya Watt Posted June 22, 2020 8:32 pm

    We learned of so many Godly attributes and felt His love through you. Ms. Becky, thank you for sharing your heart of us. We love you jow and always.

  • Pastor Michael Mutiso Posted June 22, 2020 10:53 pm

    I Hoisted Becky Mertz in our mission to Kenya in 2005 when Pastor Rob and the Living Waters Church came to Kenya Africa.
    I loved Becky. I had time to eating dinner in her house, may God bless those she touched with her life.

  • Rhonda Posted June 23, 2020 10:14 am

    Prayers to Becky’s family, I know we dont have the answers to all of the Why LORD’S but what we do have is piece in ours hearts that Becky is in Heaven.

  • Sherian Wilsher-Berteau Posted June 23, 2020 12:10 pm

    Mark- so sad to hear the loss of your wife. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Clara Gaskin Thompson Posted June 23, 2020 12:37 pm

    I will miss Becky and her love to worship God.The last time I saw her she was praising God at our drive in church. Praying for God’s peace and comfort for the family.

  • Anita & Billy Taylor Posted June 23, 2020 5:18 pm

    So sad to hear of Becky’s passing. She was a sweet lady. My prayers to the family.

  • Louie and Judi Johnson Posted June 23, 2020 10:56 pm

    Becky introduced Louie and I back in 1982 at Pine Grove. and we have been married 36 years! She cut our hair for many many many years and we have spent many years of joy and happiness and laughter sharing with Becky. She will be missed by us and many, but only for a short time. For soon we will all be together once again in heaven rejoicing and singing praises to our Lord and Savior.!!! See you soon, Becky! I pray God’s peace and comfort on the family. We are praying for you in this difficult time while we wait to see her again.

  • Wendy Deetllefs Posted June 24, 2020 5:04 am

    As you are dancing with Love, we are broken without your presence;; holding on to the hope that Love will support and comfort the hearts of all who have been blessed to have you touch our lives. Dance on my precious sister

  • Tom Jordan Posted June 24, 2020 10:15 am

    I will miss her spirit and her loving presence jumping in the front of our church

  • Tom and Shirley Lohman Posted June 24, 2020 3:26 pm

    Mark, we are so sorry. Becky was such a beautiful person and will be missed by many.

  • John & Brenda Everett Posted June 24, 2020 3:55 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

  • Dina Hall Posted June 27, 2020 3:10 pm

    Prayers to you Jennifer and your family. We all are here at Baptist in your time of need. May her wings fly to the Gates where we all meet again.

  • Richard “Dick” Cardell Jacksonville, Florida Posted July 8, 2020 6:38 am

    My cousin Becky will be much missed by all who knew her. She had a loving personality and a beautiful smile.

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