Brianna Jade Merritt


Miss Brianna Jade Merritt, 11, of Chincoteague, passed away Oct. 7, 2019, at her residence, after a courageous fight with cancer.

Born Dec. 9, 2007, in Salisbury, Md., she was the daughter of Brandy Jo Terrell (Mike Terrell) and Josh Merritt (Amber Novack), all of Chincoteague.

Brianna loved playing Fortnite with friends, doing many art projects, boogie boarding, skateboarding, gymnastics and softball. Mostly, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Encouraging everyone to do acts of kindness, her generous and caring personality will be forever missed. She leaves behind a community which she touched with her fighting spirit and generous heart.

Other than her parents, Brianna is survived by brothers, Jayden Merritt, of Chincoteague, Troy Terrell and Steven Terrell; sisters, Madison Hudgins, of Chincoteague, and Allie Passwaiter; grandparents, Philip Martin, of Bloxom, Angie Linton, of Sanford, Joshua and Anita Merritt, of Chincoteague, Aquilla Brink Scott and Judy Kaldahl; aunts and uncles, Alex Martin, Aaron Martin, Bethany Brooks, Hunter Merritt, Shawn Merritt, Wendy Kranjniak and Rachel Chandler; her special “twin” cousin, Cameron Merritt; and several other cousins, nephews, a niece and friends.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at 3 p.m. from the Chincoteague Church of God in Chincoteague with the Rev. Kevin Stanley officiating. Interment will be private.

The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the church.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Forever Fierce Foundation, 6318 Holabird Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224, or

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