Passed peacefully away at the Pte. Josiah Squibb Memorial Pavilion, Carbonear on Sunday, May 26, 2019, Valma Mercer of St. John's; formerly of Harbour Grace, age 67 years. Predeceased by infant son: Jamie; father: Isaac; twin brother: John; infant sister: Sadie; sister-in-law: Marlene Mercer. Leaving to mourn, longtime companion: Tom Hennessey; three daughters: Denise Sheppard, Harbour Grace, Lori (Gerald) Dove, Harbour Grace, and Pam (Raymond) Clarke, St. John’s; one son: Dennis (Jackie Turnbull), Harbour Grace, and their father: David Sheppard; sixteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; mother: Gladys Mercer, Upper Island Cove; two brothers: Malcolm (Marg), Upper Island Cove and Gary, Winsor, ON; three sisters: Marg (Claude) Pike, Spaniard’s Bay, Ruby (Melvin) Janes, Bryant’s Cove, and Marina (Rev) Churchill, Upper Island Cove; sister-in-law: Edith Mercer, Upper Island Cove; special friends: Linda Mahaney and Maxine Burden; also a large number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Resting at Noel's Funeral Home, Harvey Street, Harbour Grace on Monday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Funeral service to take place on Wednesday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Paul's Anglican Church, Harbour Grace. Interment in St. Paul's Anglican Cemetery, Harbour Grace. As an expression of sympathy, flowers gratefully accepted or donations in her memory may be made to the Lupus Society of Newfoundland & Labrador, PO Box 8121, Stn. A, St. John’s, NL, A1B 3M9.