PROCTORSVILLE, Vt. – Winifred LaCount Merritt, 89, passed away at her home on Wednesday afternoon March 28, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 4, 1928 in Brattleboro, Vt. the daughter of Lucen and Helen (Fitzgerald) LaCount. She attended school and graduated from high school in Greenfield, Mass., Class of 1946.
On April 12, 1947, she married Howard W. Merritt in Greenfield, Mass. He predeceased her in 2008.
She worked at restaurants in her younger years and later worked at Mack Molding in Cavendish, Vt. for 13 years.
She was a member of Holy Name of Mary Church in Proctorsville, Vt. and a member of the Ladies Alter Society at Holy Name of Mary. She would say the Rosary every day. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and bird watching. She was a loving and caring person who would help anyone she could.
She is survived by her children: Howard W. Merritt Jr. of Proctorsville, Thomas Merritt and his wife Liddy of Chester, Rory Merritt and his wife Joi of West Columbia, S.C., and Patti Merritt Jennings and her husband Robert of Andover, Mass. Also by 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins, and sister-in-law Gloria LaCount of Prescott, Ariz.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Howard; two sons John William Merritt and James Robert Merritt Sr.; three grandchildren Samantha E. Merritt, Brian C. Merritt, and Shawn Mason; and by two brothers, Clayton LaCount Sr. and Stanley LaCount Sr.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Holy Name of Mary Church in Proctorsville, Vt. Friends may call at the Holy Name of Mary Church for one hour prior the service on Tuesday morning.
Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Proctorsville at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Holy Name of Mary Ladies Alter Society, 7 Depot St., Ludlow, Vt., 05149.; Meals on Wheels at the Black River Senior Center, 10 High St., Ludlow, Vt., 05149; or to the Oblate Mission – Missionary Association of Mary Immaculate, 323 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, TX, 78216.
Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt. is assisting with the arrangements.