Women's golf legend Merryl Aron passes at age 102
NEW ORLEANS, La. — Merryl Silverstein Israel Aron of New Orleans, who has numerous local and regional championship titles to her name, passed away Saturday in her home at the age of 102.
She is survived by her three grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and even remarkably a great-great grandchild.
Aron won an impressive 12 city championships and seven state titles, winning her last city title in 1954.
"She was strong, and straight as an arrow," her daughter-in-law Ann Israel told NOLA.com. "That ball went where she wanted to hit it."
During her life playing amateur golf, Aron met and befriended many famous golfers such as Ben Hogan, Jimmy Demaret, and Babe Didrikson Zaharias, as well as Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
Beyond golf, Aron was notable in the New Orleans social scene with her marriages to two of the city's most accomplished businessmen and philanthropists: Sam Israel Jr., who died in 1982, and, a year later, his cousin Jack Aron, who died in 1994.