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Erica Diane Mertz
March 31, 1990 ~ September 15, 2023 (age 33) 33 Years Old
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Erica Diane Mertz passed away on Friday, September 15, 2023, in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the age of 33.
She is preceded in death by her grandparents Eugene McMillen, Virginia McMillen, Richard Mertz, and Carole Mertz.
Erica is survived by her parents Greg and Regina, siblings Kaycee and Alex, and a large extended family.
Erica was born on March 31, 1990 in Augusta, Georgia. She later moved with her family to New Mexico where she attended Los Alamos High School. For the past two years Erica shared a group home in Belen. Erica had an infectious smile and laugh that she reserved for only the most special moments. Her happy place was in the water, where she felt a sense of freedom from her disability. Erica often expressed herself through movement, from swimming, to bopping to her favorite tunes, going for walks, and enjoying scenic road trips with her family. The family suggests the best way to remember Erica is to enjoy a leisurely swim followed by a bowl of guacamole, two of her favorite things. Erica is remembered for her resilient and tenacious spirit, which she exhibited in the face of many obstacles.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all the caregivers, educators, therapists, medical professionals, friends, and family members who have supported Erica and enriched her life.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 5:00 pm at Reflections Chapel located at 2400 Washington NE, 87110. Service will begin at 6:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disability Rights New Mexico (www.drnm.org/donate), a non-profit organization that provided invaluable support to Erica and her family over the years.