News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 9, 2013

Tonjua Rae Merritt


TERRE HAUTE — Tonjua Rae Merritt, 49, of Terre Haute, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013. She was born in Terre Haute on Nov. 27, 1963, to Andrew Merritt and Marilyn Smith Merritt.  

She is survived by her children, Cathleen Crowe, Josey Crowe, and Miles Portee.  Also surviving are her grandchildren, Ja Shawn Allen, Korian Stanley, Terian Briggs, Nayley Lalakai, Leiland Crowe, Cherish Crowe, and Aaliyah Portee. In addition, Tonjua is also survived by her father, Andrew J. Merritt and current wife Jan; as well as her brothers and sisters, Tamara Fagg and husband Bob, Becky Sanders and husband Mark, Kevin John David Merritt, and Rachel Dawn Merritt; as well as 11 nieces and nephews; and six great-nieces and great-nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marilyn Merritt; and sister-in-law, Rhonda Merritt.  

Funeral services will be in DeBaun Springhill Chapel on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until services. Memorial contributions be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses. Online condolences may be left at: