What has always stood out since that day in 1971 is the light behind Merri Dee’s eyes. Sure, her trademark is that million-dollar smile. But even more striking, the face of the longtime broadcaster, a civic leader, practically radiates light.
It could be from surviving being kidnapped, shot twice in the head and left in the woods to die, a life miracle she recounts in vivid detail in her memoir released this month, Merri Dee, Life Lessons on Faith, Forgiveness & Grace.
Or it could be defying the odds as a child, beaten mercilessly with a broomstick, razor strop, fists, etc., by a stepmother declaring she’d never amount to anything.
But when you consider her life’s abundance — after teen marriage and divorce, struggling as a single mother, and weathering domestic violence — there are many depths from which the light must emanate.
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