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Merrie Justine Kaplan

January 15, 1974 ~ August 22, 2019 (age 45)


Merrie “Mimi” Justine Kaplan, 45, of Macon, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2019.  Funeral services will be held Monday, August 26, 2019 at 11:00AM at Rock Springs Church (formerly the Hepzibah Children’s Home) at 6601 Zebulon Rd, 31220.  The family will greet friends Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at Hart’s Chapel at the Cupola.

She was born January 15, 1974 in Macon, Georgia to Mike and Nancy Kaplan. Merrie attended Central High School, and went on to graduate from the Roosevelt Institute in Warm Springs, Georgia. She was the manager of the First Presbyterian Day School boys’ basketball team for 13 years, earning two state championship rings.  Merrie worked at John Wesley Villas for many years, receiving several employee awards.  

She was an active participant in the Lifting Lives Music Camp in Nashville, Tennessee, where she performed at the Grand Ol’ Opry for many years. Merrie was an avid sports fan, splitting her time between the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Falcons, and most importantly, her Georgia Bulldawgs. 

Besides the hundreds of friends who have filled her heart and life with love, those family members who are left to cherish her memory are her parents, Nancy and Mike Kaplan of Macon, Georgia; her sisters, Lily Kaplan Noel (Jordan)  and Shannon Kaplan McCauley (Josh); grandmother, Letty Kaplan; nieces Letty and Leona Noel; her aunts and uncles;  great aunt and uncle, Laurie and Ferd Kay, as well as many cherished cousins .

Graveside services will be held following the ceremony, in Jeffersonville, Georgia, at Jeffersonville Baptist Church, alongside her beloved grandparents James D. and Frances Shannon.   

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to the ARC of Macon or The Williams Syndrome Association.

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Hart’s at the Cupola, Hart's Mortuary and Cremation Center, 6324 Peake Rd, Macon, GA 31210 has charge of the arrangements.

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August 25, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hart's at the Cupola
6324 Peake Road
Macon, GA 31210

Funeral Service
August 26, 2019

11:00 AM
Rock Springs Church, Macon
6601 Zebulon Road
Macon, GA 31220

Interment following funeral service
August 26, 2019

Jeffersonville City Cemetery
111 North Church St.
Jeffersonville, GA 31044


Williams Syndrome Association
570 Kirts Blvd. Suite 223, Troy MI 48084-4153

The Arc Macon
4664 Sheraton Drive, Macon GA 31210-1322

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