Dr. Rose Helen Merrell-James, 65, of Chambersburg, passed away on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020.
Dr. Rose Helen Merrell-James was learning and inspiring others through education for her entire life. Dr. Rose, as she came to be affectionately called, was an advocate for wellness and self-care. In her spare time, she worked as a certified Jazzercise instructor. Whether working on a cardio or stretching routine or in a classroom setting on the Shippensburg campus, she took on life with a confident, intelligent and compassionate resolve. She lived with great purpose and a quiet dignity. She will be missed.
Dr. Merrell-James is preceded in death by her father, Leon Merrell Sr.; mother, Jane Wynne Merrell; and sister, Claudette Merrell.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Terrence A. James, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; daughter, Nicole Danielle Richards, (Moustapha Diop) and grandson, Frederick Diop, New York; sisters, Paulette Merrell, Nebraska and Leanette Merrell (Mike Gran), Minnesota; brother, Leon Merrell Jr. (Karen), Nebraska; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and many Jazzercise enthusiasts, friends, and colleagues in the field of education.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pancreatic Cancer Society.