Emmett Merrell "Mac" McAmis was born February 1, 1943 at 5:48p.m. in Firmin Desloge Hospital in St. Louis, MO to Emmett James and Clara Jane (Mashek) McAmis.
Merrell passed away from us on May 14, 2020 at the age of 77 years old after struggling with a long term health condition.
Merrell grew up in Lincoln County, MO and went to school in Troy, MO. He worked at the phone company for many years until he retired.
He married the love of his life, Sondra Adkinson DePriest on August 26, 1983. They lived in Foristell until they moved to Wentzville in 1997. Merrell is survived by his loving wife Sondra McAmis, his children Tim McAmis and wife Diane nee Norton of Hawk Point, MO, Scott McAmis and wife Trish nee Houchen, Deerfield Beach, FL, Chris McAmis and wife Tina nee Farris of Truesdale, Nikki Wright nee DePriest and husband Phil Wright of Creve Coeur, MO; Derek DePriest and wife Jen (George) of Ballwin, MO, Mandy McAmis and husband Ben Kendig of Wentzville, MO. Grandchildren: Taylor McAmis, Allyssa McAmis, Austin McAmis, Grace Thompson, Olivia Thompson, Jack Thompson, Dominic DePriest, Sophia DePriest, Zayda Kendig. His sister, Tammy McAmis of Troy, MO, nephew, Cody and Sarah McAmis nee Philipak, Leah, Claira, Josiah, and Jonah McAmis, many cousins, loved ones and friends.
Merrell loved to fish on the Cuivre River. He used to go camping on the weekends many years ago. That was something that he grew up doing with family and carried on for many years into adulthood. He was very creative and also enjoyed gardening. The one hobby he had that really became a passion for him was researching family history. I believe he started dabbling in that in 1978 and as he discovered more and more, it just took off. It was amazing how he could rattle off names and dates and other information about past generations. His mind was like a library, a treasure trove of information. It kept his mind sharp all these years to continue researching not only our family line, but he was always ready and willing to freely help other in their geneological research. He loved his family so very much. He will be deeply missed, but will live forever in our hearts.
Memorials to Lincoln County Historical Society in care of Pitman Funeral Home P.O.Box 248 Wentzville, MO 63385.
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