Nancy A. Merkley, 63, Heuvelton
Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 8:28 pm

HEUVELTON -- Funeral services for Nancy A. Merkley, FNP, age 63, will be held on Wednesday (Nov 22, 2017) at 11:00am at the Fox & Murray Funeral Home with Pastor Dale Lahue officiating. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Heuvelton.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday (Nov 21st) from 2-4 & 6-8pm at the funeral home. Nancy passed away on Friday November 17, 2017 at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Surviving is her husband Donald; four children Heather Tamburello & her husband John of Latham, NY, Adam Merkley & his wife Rene of Heuvelton, Ryan Merkley of Washington DC and Benjamin Merkley & his wife Lucy of Heuvelton; two brothers David O’Brian & his wife Elaine of Tupper Lake, Christopher O’Brian & his wife Rebecca of Lisbon; three sisters Cheri Rogers & her husband Dean of Hammond, Rebecca Dishaw of Tupper Lake and Suzanne O’Brian & her companion John Lacombe of Lisbon; two grandchildren Regina Tamburello and Grant Merkley along with many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.

Nancy was born on December 20, 1953 in Ogdensburg NY, a daughter of the late Theodore & Lodene (Speer) O’Brian. She graduated from Lisbon High School and continued her education at Canton ATC and SUNY Upstate where she received her nurse practitioner’s license. On August 15, 1975 she married Donald Merkley at the White Church in Lisbon with Rev. Walter Smith officiating the couple’s marriage.

During her career she was employed as a nurse at Moongate Nursing Home, United Helpers Nursing Home, CDP (Community Development Program), St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, Hepburn Hospital and later as a nurse practitioner for the Massena VA Clinic and the Heuvelton Clinic. In 1999 Nancy opened Upstate Family Healthcare is Lisbon, and was awarded the “rural entrepreneur of the year” by the NYS Small Business Development Center. She operated the clinic and cared for numerous patients until 2017 when she was forced to close the business due to declining health. Nancy was a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association, Canton ATC Advisory Board and the First Congregational Church of Lisbon.

She enjoyed going to the casino, shopping, watching QVC, going on vacations, gardening, caring for others and spending time with her wonderful family.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Department or the Claxton Hepburn Ladies Auxiliary.

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Our family would like express a heartfelt thank you to Claxton Hepburn Medical Center CCU, Dr. Manasvi Jaitly and all those that were part of her care.