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Thelma Preble Merritt

Thelma Preble Merritt (Preble)

Wednesday, April 13th, 1921 - Saturday, April 24th, 2021
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Obituary

Thelma Preble Merritt, reaching the age of 100, died on April 24, 2021 after a brief hospital stay followed by hospice. She was born April 13, 1921 in Presque Isle, the daughter of Sanford E. and Margaret J. Preble.
Thelma attended Presque Isle schools and later received her BS from Aroostook State Teachers College and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Maine, Orono.

Thelma taught second grade elementary school for 26 years in Presque Isle and retired in 1980. She then worked as an assistant librarian for 10 years retiring in 1990 and relocating to Bangor.
Thelma was a longtime member of Grant Memorial Methodist Church in Presque Isle and later transferred to First United Methodist Church of Bangor. Church has always been an anchor in her life and she has many dear friends there.

She was a 50 year member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, Alpha chapter. Delta was so important in Thelma’s life. She was a member of UMW, NEA, MEA, and Penobscot Retired Teachers.

Thelma volunteered at RSVP, EMTC library, and was one of the original volunteers at My Friend’s Place .
Thelma loved reading, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and all New England sports, especially the Red Sox.
Thelma was predeceased by her husband R. Thomson “Tom” Merritt, her beloved sister Helen Grotton of Bangor, son-in-law Henry Wing, and niece Barbara C. Smith.

She is survived by her three children- Barbara Wing, David Merritt and wife Rosemary Delano-Merritt, Wayne Merritt and wife Barbara Jill Merritt. She leaves four grandchildren- Charles “Charlie” T. Merritt, Anna “Loie” Louise Rawding, William “Will” D. Merritt, and Margaret W. Merritt. She was Super Nana to Edie, Arlo, Jack and one on the way!

She also leaves her two nephews, Gary Smith and Richard Grotton and his wife Barbara, daughter-in-law Faith Rawding, and dear friend Linda Morris who have all given her much love and support.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to all her friends including the staff at the Phillips Strickland House where she has had a wonderful home for 10 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to call 2-4 pm Thursday, April 29. 2021 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, where a funeral service will be held 1 pm. Friday April 30, 2021, with Dr. Steve Smith, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Bangor and the Corinth United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Presque Isle later in May.

Those wishing to remember Thelma in a special way may contribute in her memory to the First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex St., Bangor, ME. 04401.

Those wishing to leave a condolence or view a tribute of the service may do so by visiting BrookingsSmith.com.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Thursday, April 29th, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Brookings-Smith, Bangor
    Address
    133 Center Street
    Bangor, Maine 04401
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  • Service

    Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 30th, 2021 1:00pm
    Location
    Brookings-Smith, Bangor
    Address
    133 Center Street
    Bangor, Maine 04401
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    Officiant
    Dr. SteveSmith
  • Interment

    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 1:00pm
    Location
    Fairmount Cemetery, Presque Isle
    Address
    Houlton Rd
    Presque Isle, Maine
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Remillie Norsworthy

Posted at 08:04am
I wanted to express my sincere condolences to my classmate Wayne and the rest of the family, but I am also happy to know that Mrs. Merritt lived such a productive and fulfilled life after retirement. May we all have that energy and will to help to age 100 and beyond.
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Daniel Ladner

Posted at 01:00pm
My family and I send our deepest condolences to the family of Thelma, one of the nicest and dearest people I've ever had the privilege of knowing. Since the beginning of my teaching career at the Training School to Presque Isle High School activities with Barbara, David, and Wayne, It seems like the Merritt Family has always been a part of mine. When I started playing the organ at the Methodist Church our acquaintance was once again renewed. I'm so sad at her passing, but also happy that I could call her and her family my friends. Daniel Ladner
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Ralph and Chris Delano

Posted at 10:37am
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