Merrie Lucille (Clark) Luprete

Merrie Lucille (Clark) Luprete of League City, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 in Houston, Texas at the age of 76. She was born December 21, 1947 in Toledo, Ohio to George and Bessie Clark. In the mid-1970s she owned Two Sisters Steakhouse in League City with her parents and her sister. Merrie was a lifelong League City resident and community leader. She operated Shipley Donuts on Main Street in League City with her best friend and beloved husband Anthony “A.L” Luprete Sr. Her grandchildren were the bright light in her eyes. She loved their dinner/movie nights and baking cookies for Christmas and stuffed artichokes at Thanksgiving with them. She was blessed to watch them all grow and become the amazing adults they are. Her weekly Salon trips were special to her because of the lifelong friendships she had there. She loved her puppy Maisey Cakes, and enjoyed sitting on her patio with Maisey watching the birds and squirrels that loved her beautiful backyard. She was deeply and greatly loved by so many and will be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents George and Bessie, brother George “Buddy” Clark, and sister Patricia “Patsy” Stubbs and her beloved husband Anthony Louis “A.L.” Luprete Sr.

Merrie is survived by her sons Stacey Wayne Hughes and wife Cindy, Anthony L. Luprete Jr., grandchildren Sabrina Adele Luprete, Jaden Rose Hughes, Rylan Clark Hughes, God children Jay Luprete, Breanna Jeffcoat and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at 5:00pm with Vigil at 7:00pm at Crowder Funeral Home at 1645 East Main St. in League City, TX 77573 with Deacon Andy DeYoung presiding. A Mass will be held the following day, Friday, February 9, 2024, at 9:30am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1612 East Walker, League City, TX 77573 with Father John Rooney presiding. Interment will be at 1:00pm at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home at 6900 Lawndale St. Houston, TX 77023.

Serving as pallbearers are Jay Luprete, Len Groce, Joseph Stubbs, Hayden Morse, Chris Hatch, Eric Rumbaugh, Kevin Rumbaugh, and Connor Goldstein.

In lieu of flowers you may send memorials to the American Heart Association, St. Mary Catholic Church in League City , or League City Animal Shelter in League City, TX


  1. What a sweet lady! We were the same age, our children were the same age as each other (and friends). A.L. was just like the rest of them (all good people). And who didn’t eat Shipley Donuts? If you did, you probably knew and loved these good folks.

    I did.

    Don Taylor
  2. I was friends with Merrie since we were 9 years old. We lost touch over the years but since FB, we had reconnected. Her husband died less than a month after mine in 2021. I am so sad to hear of her passing. Sending prayers to all of her family who obviously loved her so much. I also think there must be a wonderful reunion going on in heaven right now as she sees all her loved ones who preceded her in death. Fly high, sweet friend.

    Phyllis Pace
  3. Merrie,
    I’ve known you since 1986 and knew I had a great met someone incredible, you and A.L were more than my bosses, you became great friends, you were loved by so many people and you will be greatly missed by all of us!

    Rhonda Pedraza
  4. Merrie brought much joy to all of the young children that approached the counter in the donut shop.
    She always treated them with patients as if even a single donut was an important decision.
    She also put up with A.L. hosting many of the coffee club guys sitting around taking up space in the shop, but was willing to forgive an occasional mis guided word or two.
    Most of all she Loved her family and community.
    God Bless

    Trey Schoellkopf

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