Merryum Munir, 25, of Columbia, Missouri, passed away peacefully at home with her loving family and friends by her side, on June 6, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.

A prayer was held on June 7, 2019, at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri in Columbia and was immediately followed by a burial at JCMC burial grounds in Jefferson City.

Merryum was born in Islamabad, Pakistan, on July 6, 1993, and moved to the United States with her family when she was only 6 months old. She is second of three beloved children to Nasreen and Munir. Besides her parents, Merryum leaves behind her brothers, Abdullah and Haider; her sister-in-law, Nimra; and many other loving family members and friends.

Merryum grew up in Columbia, where she attended Lee Elementary, Gentry Middle, West Junior High, Rock Bridge High and the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was determined to complete her degree in psychology and biology and planned to become a physician, all while bravely battling cancer.

Merryum was deeply committed to education and dedicated her time to helping young students excel in school by tutoring at KUMON Learning Center. After four years of tutoring, she wanted to diversify her skills and accepted a position as a bank teller, where she actively served her community.

Although only 25 at the time of her death, Merryum affected many people in her lifetime. All throughout her life, Merryum was a loving daughter, sister and friend to many. She was known and beloved for her contagious smile, engaging personality, sense of humor and quick wit. She was a true friend to everyone, always ready and willing to support and cheer them on, without expecting anything in return.

She strongly believed in family values and loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed reading books, traveling, cooking with her mom, and most important, making others laugh. Merryum had this inner light that was able to brighten anyone who came in contact with her.

Merryum is remembered by her family, friends and members of her community as a smart, beautiful, fun, energetic and loving young woman. She never lost her incredible sense of humor and was always the life of the party. There was never a dull moment with her.

Merryum was truly an admirable and capable human being with such a bright future ahead of her. We will always reminisce about her ever-present smile that lit up every room she stepped into and her ability to love people for who they were. We will forever be grateful for her love and compassion.

She will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her. Her loving spirit will remain in our hearts forever, through her vibrant memory. When you think of Merryum, celebrate the good memories you have of her, and always remember, life is short, every moment is precious and should be lived to the fullest.

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