WINTER HARBOR – Nell E. Byers died peacefully Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at a Bangor hospital. Nell was born Feb. 14, 1929, in Winter Harbor, the daughter of George Sr. and Bessie (Bickford) Merchant.
Nell graduated from Winter Harbor High School and lived there her entire life. Nell worked for Mr. and Mrs. Fitz E. Dixon Jr., on Grindstone Neck, in Winter Harbor for over 30 years before her retirement.
Nell enjoyed the outdoors and enjoyed going clamming and picking berries. She especially enjoyed giving the clams and berries away to her family and friends. Nell would make wreaths every year. She sold many dozen but made sure her relatives always had a wreath for their door.
Nell served many years on the Winter Harbor Cemetery Committee. Making sure the cemeteries were in excellent condition was a big priority for her. Nell was involved with the fire department by answering emergency calls and relaying the information to the firefighters.
Nell was known for her excellent cooking. She enjoyed making pies for various benefit and fundraising dinners. She would also make meals and desserts to give away to her friends. She is especially known for making popcorn balls on Halloween for all trick-or-treaters and their parents.
In addition to her parents, Nell was predeceased by her husband, Ralph Byers Sr.; three sons, Ralph Byers Jr., Gary “Michael” Byers, and Kenneth “Danny” Byers; a brother, George Merchant Jr.; a sister, Marilyn McArthur; and niece, Norma McArthur. She is survived by two grandsons, Chris Byers of Winter Harbor, and David Byers and his wife, Shannon, of Lamoine; great-granddaughter, Michaela Byers of Winter Harbor; daughter-in-law, Madelyn Byers of Gouldsboro; three nieces, Maureen Mahan of Ellsworth, Charlene Tatros of Augusta, and Ruth Bennett, of Wilmington , Mass.; two nephews, Richard “Dick” Merchant of Justice, Ill., and David Bennett Jr., of Wilmington, Mass.; and sister-in-law, Beatrice Bennett of Wilmington, Mass. Special friends left behind are Estelle Chipman, and Walter Harrington.
A service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Masonic Hall in Winter Harbor. After the service, the family asks that you join with them and enjoy some of Nell’s favorite foods. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made at the celebration of life, to the Ralph and Nell Byers Endowment fund. This fund will be used for a scholarship for a local student who wants to attend a trade school.