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Lucia (Smith) Merritt


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Lucia (Smith) Merritt Obituary
Lucia Smith Merritt, 96, of Hillsdale, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Drews Place of Hillsdale. She was born November 15, 1920 in Bath, Maine to Lewis and Sarah (Strout) Smith. She married Kenneth Merritt on October 21, 1945 and he preceded her in death on April 15, 2005.
Lucia graduated from Ellsworth High School in Maine in 1938. She went on to the University of Rochester in New York where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in History. During World War II, she worked on the Manhattan Project to develop the first atomic bomb. Lucia was an accomplished pianist, avid reader and a gourmet cook.
Survivors include a son, Peter (Cynthia) Merritt of Hillsdale; and granddaughter, Madeline Merritt of Burbank, CA.
Lucia was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Kenneth.
Private family services for Lucia Smith Merritt will take place at a later date in Ellsworth, Maine. Arrangements are entrusted to the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hillsdale College or Heartland Hospice. For online condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on May 23, 2017
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