Claudia Merle Herridge

  • Born: April 11, 1951
  • Died: March 20, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary North

2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232
Tel. (210) 495-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

Claudia Merle Herridge was born April 11, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas to Martin and Mae Alexander. Merle was the youngest of the family, born 2 years after her older sister, Gale. Growing up, the Alexander family was active at Central Baptist Church. Merle graduated from Highlands High School in 1969. She attended Southwest Texas State University, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1973.
After graduating college, Merle returned to San Antonio to begin her teaching career. As a young teacher, she began attending Trinity Baptist Church, where she met Lyndon Herridge. They fell in love and wed on June 4, 1976. Three years later, Merle and Lyndon welcomed their first son, Brad Ray, in 1979. Six years later in 1985 their second son, Blake Adam, was born. Merle was a devoted mother and loved her sons immensely.
Merle was a gifted teacher. She taught high school biology, anatomy, and physical sciences at Castle Hills First Baptist School. Her students appreciated her kindness, patience, and knowledge.

Merle was a gracious and lively hostess, often opening her home for family gatherings. She had a gift for making everyone feel welcome and included. Galatians 5:22 says, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." Merle radiated with the spirit, spreading joy and love to all she encountered, even strangers.

Merle was a faithful Christian and a member of First Baptist Church of San Antonio. She lived out her faith by serving those around her tirelessly, always putting her family and friends' needs above her own. If you were ever hurting or in need, you could count on Merle to be there for you, and her presence inevitably made others feel better.

Merle was an amazing grandmother and treasured spending time with her grandchildren. They adored her and affectionately called her "Momma Merle." She loved them dearly and created special memories with each of them.

Merle is survived by her devoted husband, Lyndon. She will be forever missed by her sons, Brad and Blake, her daughters-in-law, Mary and Mallory, and her grandchildren, Grant, Lucy, Maxton, and Meryl. She is survived by her dear sister, Gale Stanley and her husband Greg. She is survived by her mother-in-law, Ada Herridge, of Fredericksburg, Texas as well as by her sister-in-law, Gale Parson, whom she counted as a second sister, and her husband Gary. Merle will be remembered in love by her four nieces, who she loved like her own. In addition, Merle is survived by her aunt Vera Cowley of Midland, Texas, many close friends, including one very special friend considered as a sister, Carolyn Vaughn, and extended family.

A celebration of Merle's life will be held at Porter Loring North on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm with her sons, Reverend Dr. Brad Herridge and Chaplain Blake Herridge officiating. Burial will take place in Bosqueville Cemetery in Waco, Texas on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 11:00 am. The cemetery is located across the street from Bosqueville Baptist Church, where Brad and his family lived in the parsonage while Brad served as pastor. Merle spent hours helping care for her grandchildren when they were infants, often strolling them through the cemetery while they slept and she attended many Easter sunrise services there; it was a peaceful and beautiful place to her. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Merle's memory to Mays Cancer Center, UT Health San Antonio.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I just found out about Merle's passing. She was one of the sweetest persons I've ever known and her untimely passing grieves me. Lyndon, I offer you and your sons my sincerest condolences.

Posted by Bruce Williams - Waxahachie, TX   September 10, 2019

My deepest condolences, Lyndon, to you and your sons, Brad & Blake. Prayers for comfort and peace as you celebrate Merle's life. May you find courage and laughter as memories of her fill your days and your dreams at night.

Posted by Paula Furr - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   May 08, 2019

To the beloved family of Merle. I am, just now, learning of Merle's passing. We met at FBCSA and became fast friends. I moved away 9 years ago and we were not in touch, I'm sorry to say. But, I still have fond memories of Merle. The Lord's peace and strength.

Posted by Denise Shank - Dallas, TX - Friend   April 25, 2019

It was an honor and privilege to care for Merle as her hospice nurse. Please know that you are all in my thoughts. I will never forget being a part of your lives for that short but trying time. ❤

Posted by Melissa Stultz - Friend   March 30, 2019

It was my honour and pleasure to care your loved one.
May GOD grant you peace and understanding during this trying time.

Posted by kathleen lavonne - san antonio, TX - Acquaintance   March 28, 2019

So sorry to read of your loss, Lyndon. Our prayers will be with you and your family.

Posted by Julie Norton - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   March 24, 2019

Merle, may you Rest In Peace. Your beautiful family adores you and they are your lasting gift to the world.

Posted by Hollin Dwiggins - Washington, DC - Family Friend   March 24, 2019

To all who knew and loved Merle, my heartfelt sympathies go out to you! Merle was such a blessing to this Earth. I feel especially fortunate to have known her. Even though I haven't been in contact for years, her beautiful spirit lives on in terrific memories. I hope others good memories of Merle will help them as they work through any grieving. Sincerely, Neesie Beal. (San Antonio)

Posted by Neesie Beal - San Antonio, TX - Friend   March 24, 2019

Dearest Brad and Blake: I loved your Mother. She was wise both in spiritual matters and in dealing with our students; she was a loyal friend; she was fun to be with; and she had a wonderful sense of humor. I have wonderful memories of our days together at Castle Hills First Baptist School. May God hold you both and your father, in His arms as the presence of His Holy Spirit comforts you during this time. Gay Voigt, San Antonio, TX.

Posted by Gay Voigt - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   March 24, 2019


Elizabeth Lane, Cibolo, Tx

Posted by Elizabeth Lane - Cibolo, TX - Coworker   March 24, 2019

Lyndon & Family, You are in our thoughts & prayers during this very difficult time. May God encircle all of you with His comfort & peace. May your faith & treasured memories of the good times sustain you now & always.

Irma & Val Ramones, San Antonio, Tx

Posted by Irma Ramones - San Antonio, TX - Coworker   March 23, 2019

Lyndon and Family,
I am saddened to read of this great loss of a wonderful wife, daughter, mother and grandmother taken too soon by mortal calendars, but on God's time. Prayers are lifted up from this house. You are blessed with the strength you need, but remember that you have friends who are available to gentle you through the difficult times.
Every blessing,
Bruce Wiley

Posted by Bruce Wiley - Tulsa, OK   March 23, 2019

Posted by Bruce Wiley - Tulsa, OK   March 23, 2019

Lyndon, Brad, Blake
So sorry for your loss, Merle was a great lady.
The Peterson's, Gene, DeeAnn & Mark.

Posted by Gene Peterson - San Antonio, TX - Friend   March 23, 2019

Cousin Lyndon and Family
Prayers and peace as you mourn the passing of Merle from this life to the comfort and love of our Heavenly Father.

Posted by Terry Smith - IL - Family   March 22, 2019

Our sincere condolences to you and your family in the loss of your mother. We pray for peace that passes understanding for all of you and that you find comfort in God's love.
Blessings, Don & Dahnene Moravits

Posted by D Moravits - San Antonio, TX   March 22, 2019

I am sorry to hear about Merle's passing, but I know she is rejoicing with her Savior in her heavenly home right now. I am sorry that I cannot be at her celebration service but I am in Washington DC taking care of my grandchildren. I remember fondly her days at CHFBS and her service to our students.
Sandy Harris

Posted by Sandy Harris - Boerne, TX - Friend   March 22, 2019

Keeping your family close to my heart and in my prayers. Merle will always be remembered for her generosity and loving heart. She was such a very good and dear friend to my parents and was always present when either of them were sick or hospitalized. Merle was such a wonderful cook and brought many meals to our family during those illnesses. May she rest eternally and at peace with our Heavenly Father until we are all reunited in His Kingdom.

Posted by Wendy Backos - San Antonio, TX - Family   March 22, 2019

I love you Pastor Brad and all your family. Karessa and I are glad that your mother is no longer suffering, but we hurt with you for your loss of such a wonderful mother. May God give you and all of your family comfort and peace that only He can give. God bless you and all of your family.

Posted by Tom and Karessa Cervenka - Temple, TX   March 22, 2019

Dear Lyndon and Family,
May God bless all of you on the loss of a precious Lady. We will always remember Merle's sweetness and bright personality. Clay & Mitzi Kruse

Posted by Mitzi Kruse - San Antonio, TX - Friend   March 22, 2019

My condolences to your family. Merle always had a smile that was contagious and a word of encouragement.

Posted by Linda Smith - San Antonio, TX - Friend   March 22, 2019

Our hearts hurt just knowing the loss of Merle's joyful spirit among her family and friends. But we know she's celebrating with her Savior now. It makes us smile to think of her preparing a great meal for the saints! So grateful for her legacy of love.

Posted by Bruce & Jill Kinnett - Family   March 22, 2019

Dear Lyndon and family:
Please know we are praying for you all during this difficult time. We loved Merle for the sweet spirit she possessed and will miss her dearly. God Bless you all.
John and Ladda Blair

Posted by A friend   March 22, 2019

Please accept my condolences for your loss. Grief can be so hard, but the fond memories you cherish can comfort and sustain you during this time. 1 Peter 5:6,7

Posted by A friend   March 22, 2019

Dear Lyndon and family, Marilyn and offer our comfort in this time of grief and loss.
Blessings to all,
William & Marilyn Moll

Posted by William Moll - San Antonio, TX - Friend   March 21, 2019

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