Mary Margery Merchant


Mary Margery Merchant, 99, Neosho, Missouri, passed away Tuesday morning, September 26, 2023, at her home. Mary was born August 28, 1924, in Ryegate, Montana, the daughter of the late Jens Harksen and Katherine (Rorabeck) Harksen. She married Bion John “B.J.” Merchant on February 22, 1943, in Casper, Wyoming; he preceded her in death on June 6, 2004. Mary was department head for K Mart in Casper, Wyoming for many years, and upon moving to Carthage, owned and operated Carthage Glass and Home Improvement with her husband.

Survivors include a daughter, Myrna Courtney (Jerry), Neosho, Missouri; eleven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many extended family and friends.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline Ford; a son, B. John Merchant; and three brothers.


Per Mary’s wishes, there was cremation. Services will be held at a later date in Elgin, Nebraska. Online condolences may be expressed through Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary.