The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center announced its namesake and founder, J. Merryman Kemp has died.

In a Facebook post Sunday, the center said, “The reason for the sadness is clear to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. The reason for the joy is equally clear- she is no longer suffering, and confined by the limitations of a body that aged well before her passion for life.”

Merryman founded the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center in 1978. Since its founding, the Merryman House has helped thousands of survivors of domestic violence including men, women and children. The certified domestic violence program has several outreach locations in McCracken, Marshall, Graves, Fulton and Calloway counties.

“She wasn’t afraid to speak truth to power, and she wasn’t afraid to sit with those most in need at any moment they may need,” the Merryman House post added.

Last year, Merryman House opened the Marshall County Resiliency Center. The center was developed to serve as a place of healing to the community after the events of Jan. 23, 2018 at Marshall County High School. The center serves as a free and confidential resource that offers support and care to victims of crime residing in Kentucky’s eight-county Purchase region.

The Merryman House provides assistance to victims to find refuge from the risk of death and serious physical injury, provide food and shelter, support them in court, and help them become financially stable and visibly strong.