Merelyn  Demus


Merelyn Valaria Sparacino Demus, 83, of Worthington, WV passed away peacefully in her sleep after a long illness on February 7, 2019. She was born in Chicago, IL on February 7, 1936, wife of the late Nick Demus, Jr. and daughter of the late Dominick and Lucille Sparacino.
Merelyn is survived by her five children, Nick Demus III of Fairmont and his children, Nick Demus IV and wife Shannon of Las Vegas, NV, Lauren Demus and daughter Breauna, and Alyssa Demus of Fairmont; Deneen Demus Russell and husband Thomas of Fairfax, VA and their children, Delaney Russell and Thomas Russell; Joseph Demus and wife Nanette of Mt. Claire, WV and their children Dominique Demus and Ricky Malregeot; Marie A. Demus Birdsell, and long time companion Steve Schartiger of Fairmont and daughter Jordan Birdsell; Angelica Demus and her companion Jeff Horton of Monongah; her sisters, Iris Tugwell of West Plains, MO and Janice Brunett of Clarksburg, brothers-in-law, Jim Demus and wife Erma, and Michael Demus; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Merelyn was preceded in death by two of her children, Albert Demus and Ramona Demus; and multiple sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Merelyn was raised and nurtured in a family of loving parents in Greenville, MS who expressed the strong support of their children becoming passionate individuals, which led to Merelyn's love of reading and writing. During her high school years, she was a writer for the school yearbook and on the basketball team. She married Nick Demus early in her adult life to whom she was a wonderful wife and caring companion. They moved to Worthington, WV to raise and enjoy all the aspects of their eventually large family. She was a phenomenal cook and was usually cooking for many family members. During the early years of her children's lives at their elementary school, she enjoyed cooking with the other mothers at lunch for the students at Saint Peter and Paul School in Monongah. In 2001, an addition was built onto their home in order to house her children and grandchildren during Sunday meals and holidays. Merelyn even purchased a dining room table that would seat 20 people to bring the family together in harmony.
Merelyn was a faithful wife, devoted mother, talented homemaker and wonderful friend. She loved her children and was very proud of them and received great joy in talking to each of them daily. She also loved to have her husband, Nick, drive her around to different places in West Virginia on Sunday afternoons.
Merelyn will be dearly missed by her family, loved ones and everyone she connected with throughout her life. The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Avenue in Fairmont, on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Vigil Rites will be on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. with Deacon Louis Belldina. The Catholic Funeral Liturgy will be on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Monongah with Father Vincent Joseph as celebrant. Interment will follow at Shinnston Memorial Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Published on February 9, 2019
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