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Barbara G. Mertz

August 8, 2013
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Message from M Walker
July 5, 2014 10:35 AM

My condolences to the two children she often spoke of in her interviews and to the many grandchildren she adored. What a remarkable legacy Barbara Mertz left to the world. She inspired and motivated so many to learn more of history, to question, to grow. My life is richer for having read her non-fiction and fiction and for having heard her talks on the value of education and the joy and hard work of writing.
Message from Lori Broderick
January 20, 2014 12:27 AM

Thanks to Ms. Mertz for enriching so many lives by sharing her humor, intelligence, wit, knowledge and strength of character through her writing.  My life has been brightened by her so many times; she will truly live on forever.  Thank you, Barbara, and may you rest in peace.
Message from Acacia Williams
November 30, 2013 9:46 PM

I just found out that one of my all-time favorite authors has died. I am so sad that there will be no more books from her with her special brand of wit and intelligence. She was truly special and her passing will leave a hole in the writing community... my heart goes out to her family. RIP!
Message from Paul Sangster
November 25, 2013 4:40 PM

Just found out about this remarkable woman's passing. I had been rereading  her Red Land, Black Land and Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs for their content and humor. Also, I appreciate her discussion of research techniques and differences among Egyptologists. A most remarkable pair of books that anyone would enjoy. I shall miss her.
Message from Lynn Dawson
September 26, 2013 11:59 AM

This is very late as I've only just found out about it.  Barbara Mertz was a person I always wanted to meet.  I've read everything she's ever published.  Sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Message from Penny Wheeler
August 29, 2013 8:12 AM

I feel like a close friend has died. I always referred to Peabody's author as Amelia Peabody's mother. And since the first book I've told anyone who would listen that Amelia is my role model. I'd love to be like her. My heartfelt sympathy to Barbara's family, especially her daughter. So very sad to lose one's mother. And for her millions of fans, it's sad to lose a friend.
Message from Jane Tilton
August 28, 2013 4:21 PM

Toward the latter end of July, feeling a sense of immediacy (one of Amelia's foreboding-type things?) I addressed an envelope and began a letter thanking Ms. Mertz for the many, many hours of enjoyment and education she has given me over years since I first read Ammie Come Home.  (I still have the Master of Blacktower in my library).  It was the Amelia Peabody series that captivated me most--I read and re-read it.  As a writer, her touch was perfect.  Her knowledge of history, region, human nature, and Egyptology were sure and her parody perfect!  Unfortunately, as so often happens, life got in my way, and, though I kept thinking about it, I never finished the letter.  Today, I learned of her death.  Since I can't thank her, I wanted to let her family know how much she was appreciated by
Just another fan
Message from Patsy Foister
August 12, 2013 11:43 AM

Deepest sympathy to Barbara's family and friends. I had the great honor to be with Barbara on the 2000-2001 Amelia Peabody Expedition to Egypt.  What a grand and wonderful lady!  She is forever in my heart.  Her books are a wonderful gift to the world.  Blessings.
Message from Brian Shea
August 9, 2013 4:19 PM

TRADITION AND SPLENDOR was sent by Brian Shea.

Our thoughts are with the Mertz Family and all of Barbara's grandchildren, as we all mourn the passing of a wonderful woman. Love, The Sheas

Message from Brian Shea
August 9, 2013 4:13 PM

We all have the warmest memories of our time with Barbara.  And we know she will be much missed by her family and many friends.  Please accept our condolences and love.  The Shea Family