Mary Ellen Merrithew

Posted Jan. 14, 2014, at 6:09 p.m.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Mrs. Mary Ellen Merrithew, 81, passed away peacefully at her home Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Mary-Ellen was born April 8, 1932, in Brewer, to the late John William and Leola Sullivan Moran.

She was a 1950 graduate of Bangor High School and married Phillip Merrithew Nov. 11, 1950, a marriage that would last 56 years until Phillip’s death on Nov. 10, 2006. Together their family would grow to include seven children. Mary-Ellen worked as a nurse most of her life in Bangor, Miami, and Milwaukee. She and Phillip retired to North Carolina in 2000.

Mary-Ellen was predeceased by her parents; her husband; one son; one brother; three sisters. She is survived by six of her seven children and their spouses and partners; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary­Ellen had requested no services or visitation. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial for the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Salem Funeral & Cremation Service of Winston-Salem, is serving the Merrithew family. Condolences may be sent to the family at 2358A Cloverdale Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or made online at