February 11, 1955 ~ February 15, 2020

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Resided in: Denver, CO

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Proverbs 31:28 captures the essence of Bernita Gale Merritt. Born February 11, 1955, to the late Eddie Champine and Marie Black, Bernita was raised in Orange, Texas. In 1978 she moved to Denver with the love of her life, James Merritt. Here she dedicated her life to the Lord and her family.
A member of Bethsaida Temple Christian Church, Bernita served faithfully as a woman of God who was passionate about sharing the love of Christ with all who would listen. She was a wise woman who lived out the message of Titus 2 that the older women should teach the younger women. She did so by the example she lived before her family, friends and all with whom she came in contact.

Bernita transitioned from this life on February 16, 2020, after a valiant battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Earl Black.

Left to cherish her memory and carry out her legacy include her husband, James Merritt; her sons, Jasmont “Jaz” and Jahmal Merritt, and her grandchildren, Kyla Merritt, Mikayla Saxton, Jaivon, Dream, Destyn and Evony Merritt. She leaves also her brother Warren Black, San Antonio, TX and two daughters-in-law, Yvonne Duvall and Dionne Merritt, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.


Visitation: February 28, 2020 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Pipkin Braswell Chapel of Peace
6601 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220

(303) 996-0869

Celebration of Life: February 29, 2020 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Bethsaida Temple Christian Center
3930 East 37th Avenue
Denver, CO

Interment: February 29, 2020 2:00 pm

Fairmount Cemetery
430 South Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80231

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  1. Benita you are “God’s”chosen. You are truly blessed and now waiting to be caught up! He blessed you with a beautiful family, and friends that know how to serve and obey our heavenly Father through the life you lived for Jesus. I love you and miss you dear sister in Christ.

  2. I enjoyed every time i had with you Auntie. Thank you for everything mainly the love you showed me! Prayers for you all. I love you my family and i hate i can’t be there with you all.

  3. God blessed my life with Sister Bernita from a very young age. She was dynamic example of a mighty woman of God. She taught me in Sunday school when I was younger and shared many words of wisdom as I got older. She always had a kind work of encouragement for my family. She will be sorely missed as one of the pillars of wisdom at Bethsaida. We pray peace and comfort to Brother James, her sons and all the extended family who are mourning her loss.

  4. Sister Bernita was a true example of a woman after God’s own heart. She never missed a moment to talk about the goodness of the Lord. Her testimonies and passion to share the gospel to all who would listen always uplifted me. I appreciate all the words of wisdom and encouragement she gave my husband and I over the years. Her love and support will truly be missed. Our prayers for peace and comfort go out to her husband Brother James, her sons, grandchildren and her extended family.

  5. Dear Family,

    We were all blessed to know Bernita. She always had a word of wisdom, encouragement, and kindness. I pray for your peace and wisdom as each of you go through, you are a shining example of her extravagant love. Be comforted by the fact that she is singing praises to her Heavenly Father.

  6. On behalf of my family in Desoto, TX – we extend our sincere condolences to the family. Prayers are humbly extended to my cousin James. Your family is in our prayers, always.

  7. Merritt Family..
    Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope.
    I would like to express my sincerest condolences.. And remembering Mrs. Bernita, James and those beautiful Children today….. As the days and weeks pass, and as the family tries to return to their life’s routine, may you all continue to feel comforted by the love and support of
    your extended family and friends.

    Love Marietta {Dallas TX}

  8. I was sadden to hear of the passing of Mrs. Merritt. I send my condolences and prayers to her family and loved ones who mourn her earthly departure. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, it is my hope that truth will provide some measure of comfort. Jasmont and Jahmal, I send my love to you both as I know how much your Mother meant to you. Your rock she will remain, as all she was she pour into you both. The result, two dynamic men I will always count as friends. Nikki

  9. Bernita was my childhood friend in Orange we grew up together as kids and teenagers we were like sisters it was always us 5 Bernita,Dianne,Debra, Aeronita, Clara, and we never went along now we have a flower that’s missing but Bernita you are not gone you are just sleeping in the bosom of Jesus you finished the course here on earth and when it’s our time to leave this place I pray to meet you on the other side tell Mrs Marie, and Earl I said hi. Bernita it gutted me to see you leave but God wanted you to come home. So I’m sad but glad you are no longer sick. You are well. The group sends there love see you in the other side

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