Newburyport, MA — Barbara Merritt, a longtime resident of Newburyport, MA, passed away Tuesday afternoon at Anna Jaques Hospital following a brief illness.
She was 85. She was the beloved wife of the late Herbert Merritt, who passed on in 1994.
Born in Clinton, MA, on February 6, 1929, she was the second of three children born to Robert and Agnes Hutchinson. After graduating from Simmons College in 1949, she went on to a career as a teacher, first in Greenfield where she met and married Herbert in 1954, and coming to Newburyport High School in 1966 where she taught English until her retirement in 1987. She loved her profession and continually encouraged and inspired her students to achieve their fullest potential.
She is survived by her son, Jonathan Merritt of Newburyport; her sister, Audrey Loadman of Sangerville, Maine; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom will miss her dearly. She joins her brother, Robert, who passed in 1999.
ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Salvation Army, The Wounded Warrior Project, or the charity of one’s choice.
We are all our brother’s keeper. In lieu of services, please celebrate, as she would, and rejoice in the coming, once again, of the Spring. The circle, indeed, remains unbroken.
Arrangements are by the Elliott, Woodworth and Rogers Family Funeral Home of Newburyport.