DOVER-FOXCROFT – Barbara J. Merrill, 65, beloved wife of Tim Merrill, passed away Oct. 24, 2012, at Mayo Regional Hospital, Dover-Foxcroft. She was born May 6, 1947, in Dover-Foxcroft, the daughter of Henry Burleigh and Hesta (Clark) Maynard.
Barbara and Tim met in the fifth grade and she sat in front of him all through their school years. Shortly after high school they decided they should be together a little longer so they married and spent 45 more wonderful years together, with Barbara still in the lead. They owned and operated Park Grocery, Tim Merrill and Co., Merrill Propane and Merrill’s Marina at Sebec Lake for many years. Barbara also spent countless hours helping create the Bears House Museum.
She is survived by her husband, Tim of Dover-Foxcroft; her mother, Hesta Maynard of Sebec; three sons, Hayden Merrill and Sheila Bragg and their sons, Mason and Carter, all of Bowerbank, Ross Merrill of Dover-Foxcroft and Oliver Merrill of Homer City, Pa.; a brother, Michael Maynard of Sebec; three sisters, Rebecca Maynard of Princeton, N.J., Kitty Maynard of Camden and Penelope Villavicencio of Sebec; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Henry.
Friends are invited to call 6-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Lary Funeral Home, Dover-Foxcroft, where a memorial service will be conducted 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, with the Rev. Chad Poland officiating. After the service friends and family are invited to share fellowship and stories at Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church Chapel. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com.