Patricia F.A. Merrill
January 30, 1947 - November 4, 2016
Services will be held privately for the family.
Patricia F. A. Merrill, 69, of Alfred, died November 4, 2016 at Evergreen Manor in Saco where she was well cared for and loved by the staff and residents. She had a special place in her heart for all of her caregivers and we were blessed knowing she was in good hands.
Pat was born in Dover, New Hampshire on January 30, 1947, the daughter of Charles and Simmone Burleigh. She was raised in town and attended the local schools.
Pat was easy going and possessed a fun sense of humor. She loved to have a good time with her family and friends; sharing her stories with some “colorful language.” Her joking was never done in jest or to embarrass anyone. But, you knew where she stood and Pat always rooted for the underdog.
Pat was the consummate yard sale queen! One of her favorite things to do was to go “dump picking” before the world became environmentally conscious and started separating the glass from the newspaper bins. She was a strong woman and did what she had to do to take care of her family. With Pat being a stay-at-home Mom, she was resourceful and knew how to make a dollar bill go a long way.
One of Pat’s favorite outings was enjoying a ride with her husband, Bud, and their nightly jaunts to the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. They would find a nice view to enjoy their “mini dates” out without the kids. Even when Pat was living at Evergreen Manor, Bud would make sure that she got out most days for a ride and some sort of treat. Pat’s favorite holiday was Halloween, with all of its colors, customs and horror movies on television. She could watch the same movie over and over again.
Her first love was being there for her husband, kids and grandchildren. Being together for Thanksgiving and hoping that her weekly scratch ticket would be the “Big One.” She loved without measure and will be truly missed by her family and close friends.
She is survived by her children, Grant Merrill of Buxton and her daughter, Summa Morse of Sanford; and one step son, George A. Merrill, III and wife Carol of Waterboro; eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
Pat was predeceased by her beloved husband of 34 years, Bud Merrill.
With Pat’s love for children, please consider donating to the Ronald McDonald House, 250 Brackett St., Portland, ME 04102.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.