Ms. Decker, 73, of Ocoee, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.
Patricia Merle Decker was born Sept. 18, 1944, in Leesburg, Florida, and passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Ocoee, Florida. She was the daughter of Leila Bell Cockcroft and Causey Charles Cockcroft.
Merle was loved by so many and made a huge impact in the softball community. She had such an infectious smile with plenty of love to go around. She always believed that having a good heart was a magnet for miracles.
Merle is survived by Edsel Decker (husband), Richard Decker (son), Vicky Decker (daughter-in law);,Connie Gamble (daughter), Jack Gamble (son in-law), Renita Rowe (daughter), Joey Rowe (son- in-law), Kay Stewart (daughter), Bobby Stewart (son-in-law), Shan Decker (son) and Tonya Decker (daughter-in-law). She was also survived by 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She had many accomplishments, but one of her greatest was the family dynamic she created. After 25 years of employment, she retired from the Disciples of Christ in Florida, but was also the first female police officer in Winter Garden, Florida, years prior.
Her beautiful heart will forever live on. Her wings were ready, but our hearts were not. Her viewing was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at Glad Tidings Assembly of God, followed by the service at 2 p.m.
Your sweetie (Edsel) will sure miss you dearly.