Tina Mericle Spell

February 15, 1957 ~ December 10, 2011

Tina Marie Mericle Spell died Saturday, December 10th, 2011, after being overwhelmed by the cruel heartless, insidious disease of pancreatic cancer.

She died just as determined as when she was born to Angie Niel and the late William Simon Mericle, Jr., on February 15th, 1957 in Lake Charles, LA. Tina graduated from Lake Charles High School and ultimately from McNeese State University after ten years of night classes, while raising a family, working full time, and overcoming breast cancer. She inherited her dogged determination from her mom and her well-developed work ethic from her dad.

Tina was married to James "Tony" Spell and was the mother of three

sons: Tony Benoit and wife Desiree of New Orleans; Jonathan Benoit; and Daniel Spell; and the grandmother of Bentley Niel Benoit and Luca Anthony Benoit.

Born the fourth of nine children, Tina assumed the silent role of family caretaker of the lost souls. She was a gentle woman, humble in nature, private by design, and firm in her beliefs. She never boasted of her own possessions or achievements, although she was intensely proud of her sons, and their accomplishments. Her friendship was for life and never based on wealth or power. She was always sensitive to the feelings of others rather than her own. Tina was a devout and faithful Catholic who loved her life without regret or sorrow.

She will always be remembered for her refined "sale" shopping skills

and her innate ability to cajole her husband into accompanying her.

Tina worked in the petrochemical industry in budget analysis and management. Her last position was at Trunkline LNG where she thoroughly enjoyed her colleagues and work.

Tina is survived by siblings Mike Mericle and wife Sandy of Durango, CO; Charlotte Maxcy and husband Bill; Kathy Tawes and husband Greg of Panama City Beach, FL; BB Mericle; Bruce Mericle; Connie Schnepf of Waterloo, IL; Robert Mericle and John Martin of Pembroke Pines, FL; and Paul Mericle of Houston, TX..

She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved and adored and who cherished their Aunt Tina.

Her funeral will be at 1 P.M., Wednesday, December 14, at St. Margaret

Catholic Church. The Reverend William M. Miller will officiate.

Interment will be a private ceremony on Thursday, December 15, at Orange Grove Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday, December 13, from 4 P.M. to 9 P.M. with a rosary and scripture service being held at 6:30 P.M. Visitation will continue in the funeral home on Wednesday from 8:00 AM until 12:30 PM.

If she could, Tina would truly thank those who lent silent support and those who remained her friends.

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  1. Angie and cousins,We are so sorry to hear about Tina. We know no words can comfort at a time like this but we did want yall to know that each of you is in our thoughts and prayers. Hopefully, you all can find solace in the time that you did have with Tina and the precious moments that you were so fortunate to share with her. She will continue to be a part of your lives and ours through the fond memories of her that we all embrace and hold so dearly.Aunt Angie, we are particularly saddened for you and your loss and hope you are comforted by your deep faith.With much love,Polly, Becky Matt, Greg Leigh, Bob David

  2. Dear Tony and Boys,On behalf of the Donnelly family I want to offer heartfelt condolences to you all for the loss of a loving wife and mother. We pray that God watches over you closely. We also pray that you are able to take heart in knowing that Tina is truly home in the grace of God, his loving Son and the Holy Spirit. Peace.

  3. He ended the pain and suffering and brought her to his side with eternal love life. Peace Tina ….. Sincere condolence to family and all others who love and will miss Tina. God Bless!

  4. I always enjoyed going to school with Tina…She was the STAR of the class, funny, kind and verysweet…. I know her family, friends and this world will miss her deeply…. She had a beautiful soul, the kind that had WINGS… May shewatch over us forever….

  5. I grew up with Tina and the old Oak Park gang. I have very fond memories of her. My condolences go out to her family. May God help you through these hard times. Eddie

  6. I had the pleasure of first meeting Mrs. Tina at the Cabana Club. She was such a kind hearted woman with a smile ALWAYS on her face. Her positive attitude was infectious. I always remember her being so proud of her family. Mrs. Tina definitely was a positive influence in my life.

  7. I have fond memories of Tina. We were part of the Oak Park neighborhood gang. She has always been a very special person and will be greatly missed. Charlotte and I will pray for her family.

  8. I meet Tina when the boys went to school with my daughter Briana Eagleson at St. Margarets. Tina was an Outstanding Parent, so devoted to her to boys. She always had a beautiful smile and those sweet eyes….well you could just see to her soul. What a lovely woman she is! Our prayers will be with you and the family at this time. Many Blessings to all of you.

  9. I met Tina while working as a makeup artist for Estee Lauder. She was a client of mine and I was always glad to see her. She was a beautiful person, and she made a lasting impression on me. I loved how Tina was completely honest, and was full of motherly advice. I just found out of her passing, and felt compelled to share my feelings. Although I can't recall the funny stories I had of her, I will remember that she always left the counter more beautiful to me than when she walked in, and not because she let me try the newest makeup trends on her, but because she had a beautiful heart. I was privileged to know her, and I will be praying for your family.

  10. I said a prayer for you todayand know God must have heard.i felt the answer in my heart although He spoke no word. I didn't ask for wealth or fameI knew you wouldn't mind,I asked him to send treasuresOf a more lasting kind.I asked that He'd be near you At the start of each new day,To grant you health and blessingsAnd friends to share the way.I asked for happiness for youIn all things great and small,But it was for His loving careI prayed the most of allBy Eric Lies OSB

  11. I went to Oak Park Junior High with Tina , always so cheerful and happy , it was truly a pleasure to have known her and I know God has great plans for her . My family will have all of you in our prayers ..God Bless ..Jackie ( Broussard ) Blanchard

  12. May God and his Angels be with you at this time. I had the pleasure of getting to know Ms Tina from working at Trunkline LNG. She was always helpful and nice to everyone she met. My prayers go out to all of you in the family. Knowing that Tina is in Heaven now, with nomore suffering gives PEACE. PEACE AND BLESSINGS ARE SURROUNGING YOU ALL.

  13. Ms. Tina was such a strong, amazing lady and should be an inspiration to all of us. Since the day Desiree told me that she had cancer, I woke up every morning praying for her. She put up quite a fight. My thoughts, prayers and love go out to her beautiful family that she loved so dearly. There are no words to describe how sorry I am for your loss.

  14. My sincerest prayers go out you Tony Spell and Tony Beniot, Jonathon and Daniel. Tina was a very special person and always a good friend. She will be greatly missed. I will be praying for peace and comfort to find its way into your hearts and minds.

  15. Tina has been a dear friend of mine since junior high at Oak Park middle school. She was very popular and always had a sweet smile kind words for everyone. After graduating together from LCHS, we stayed in contact working on our class of 1975 reunions. I will surely miss Tina. My condolences to her family. Please know you will be in my prayers as you grieve the loss of a beloved daughter, sister, wife and mother. I am proud to say I new Tina and we were good friends. God bless, Ann

  16. Tina was a funny and smart person. She I worked together at Trunkline LNG Company and we had some good times together. I admired her strength and desire to fight to stay here with her family as long as she could. I know she was so proud of her family. I also know how blessed she was to have such a wonderful family to support and help take care of her during her battle with this disease. May God bless you all.Sonja Tramonte

  17. Tina was a very sweet person and I'm gong to miss her. She always had time for everyone. I moved away from Lake Charles 31 years ago, so I always would seek her out at the reuions and she never changed. My prayers and thoughts go out to Tina and her family.John K. Pearce

  18. Tina was an incredible and inspiring individual. My prayers are with those who loved her dearly and are left with something missing in their lives. God's love and comfort will surround you in your time of sorrow.

  19. To all the Miracle Family. I love Tina so much and have so many fond memories growing up with her. I will always hold her in my mind as someone who was naturally flowing admiration and love to others. I feel for each of you at this time.Love grant

  20. Tony and all of Tina's Family, Tina put her imprint on all of our hearts when she worked at Louisiana Pigment. She became one of my best and dearest friends. I love you Tina and will forever miss you.Cheryl

  21. Tony and Daniel,So sorry to hear this sad news. our memories during the Santos years, including Tina, were some of our best. May God bless your family. Wayne, Patsy and Andre

  22. Tony, Tony, Jonathan, Daniel and Mericle Family-Our thoughts are with all of you. We loved Tina just like one of the sistas. Together we shared the love of a good, funny story, LSU, the Saints and family. She is already partying in heaven with Mom (Johnnie Ruth) and together they are telling someone somewhere what they think and what to do! May you always remember her with laughter as she was quick to bring a smile to those she met. All our love-Liz, Don, Catherine, Victoria, Whitney, Brandy and family, Ashley and family, Crystal and family

  23. Tony, Tony, Jonathon and Daniel along with all of Tina's family I just want to offer our deepest sympathy and love at such a dear loss. We have thought about you'll and prayed for you'll daily since we found out about the diagnosis and continue to pray for strength for each of you. May God hold each of you close and give you strenght as you go forward. With heartfelt love and sympathy.Pam Manceaux

  24. Tony,I feel your pain and know it personally. Tina was one of the funnest and sweetest people I've ever been around. I'm so sorry. I will keep you and the boys and entire family in my prayers. Love, Dondra

  25. We send our deepest sympathy to Tina's family. We graduated from high school with Tina. We had some great times together in school and being in Kilties together. Lots of memories that will never be forgotten. She will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tina and her family. High School Friends, Cynthia Nocilla House, Cammy Coyne Salvador, and Susan George Pullig.

  26. When I think of Tina, I see her smile, beautiful dark eyes and a sweet spirited heart. I have many, many highschool memories that I will hold on to and cherish. I have prayed many times for her throughout this time and know she is finally resting and peaceful with Our Heavenly Father.

  27. You were a friend as my Gym teacher and then became family. I pray you are at peace and in no pain in the arms of the angels!

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