Deborah Saybolt Merker ’55

SayboltDeborah Saybolt Merker, “Debby” of Haverford, PA, age 78, died unexpectedly in an automobile accident in Cleveland, Tennessee on April 10th.

Beloved wife of 53 years of James J. Merker and loving Mother of Lisa and (John) Allen and Jenny and (Bart) Anthony. She is survived by grandchildren, Tyler Conway and Caroline Hayes Allen and is the sister of Peter M. Saybolt and Janet S. Bowers. Debby was the daughter of W.D. and Marion Saybolt of Haverford, PA.

Debby attended Baldwin School and graduated from Williston Northampton School; attended Brown University and was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Debby was a stewardess for Eastern Airlines in the 60s. She later joined her husband’s firm, Merker Associates, as a partner.

She was an active member of St. Christopher’s Church of Gladwyne and a long time dedicated member of the choir. One of Debby’s great passions was her love for animals, especially her dogs. She also loved art, design and music. She was an avid gardener. Her generosity and kindness were legendary.

2 thoughts on “Deborah Saybolt Merker ’55”

  1. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Debby Saybolt Merker. She was my roommate at Northampton until Anne Babcock broke her leg and moved into my room. I was hoping that I might see Debby again at the reunion in June. Very sad news. My sympathy to her family.

  2. I just learned of Debby’s passing at our reunion. Somehow I missed the notification from the school. I am so sorry . Debby and I had such a good time at our 50th and I was looking forward to seeing her again at our 60th. She was such a happy face and a lot of fun to be with. She will be greatly missed. You have my deepest sympathy.

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