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Her dad raised roof, but her mom lowered boom

Posted: August 31, 2014 at 3:24 a.m.

Merl and Relton Spann around the time of their wedding, Jan. 15, 1949

Merl and Relton Spann around the time of their wedding, Jan. 15, 1949

Merl Richerson wasn't exactly worldly when her new neighbors invited her to join them for church one Saturday night in 1947.

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