Merrick Dowdell McIntosh Pitts

Merrick Dowdell McIntosh Pitts

Merrick Dowdell McIntosh Pitts died on April 25th, 2021.  She was born on June 16, 1923 in McIntosh County, Georgia.

She attended Valdosta State and later received her Master’s degree from Appalachian State University. Merrick was a Hillsborough County School Social Worker for 30 years, retiring as a Coordinator. Members of Merrick’s family were prominent educators in Hillsborough county schools for many years.

She was the third of six generations to attend Hyde Park Methodist Church.  She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Retired Social Workers of Hillsborough County Schools and many other organizations during her long and inspiring life.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Felix Alvin McIntosh and Sallie Matt Dowdell McIntosh.  She was as a descendant of Donald Bain McIntosh, an early Scottish settler of McIntosh County Georgia.  Merrick’s family came to the Tampa area just after 1900 settling in Hillsborough and Manatee counties.  Her great-grandfather built sections of the first railroad into Tampa and beyond to the south.  Family members owned and developed Wimauma, which is named after her grandmothers and her sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Jane Pitts Mikowski; her grandson, Christopher Merrick Mikowski, his wife Marcela Galdames Mikowski; and two great-grandsons, Connor Merrick Mikowski and Fischer McIntosh Mikowski.  She is also survived by Marijo Pitts Sheffield (Chuck), Jimmy Pitts (Lou); their children and grandchildren; and numerous cousins and dear friends.

The family would like to thank Vicki Ferraro, Mitzi Ridgwell, Kim Hunt and Bayada Home Health Care, especially Madeline, Tammy, Latrisa and Valerie.  With their loving care, Merrick was able to remain in her home.

The funeral service will take place at Hyde Park Methodist Church on Tuesday, May 4th at 10:30 a.m.  Interment to follow at Myrtle Hill Cemetery.  Please consider making a donation to Hyde Park Methodist Church, 500 W. Platt St, Tampa, FL 33306.  She was loved by many and will be missed by all.