BERLIN - Barbara Ann Merrill, 75, of Chandler Road, died June 10, 2014, at Central Vermont Medical Center.
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She was born on Oct. 4, 1938, the daughter of Allan and Avis (Goodell) Smith. She attended elementary school at the Jones Brook School House and later graduated from Montpelier High School.
She worked as a cook and custodian for the Montpelier school system for 39 years before retiring in 2001.
She was married to Bruce Merrill in 1960. They later divorced. She then met Ken Partlow, whom she has been with for 41 years.
Barbara was a member of the First Baptist Church in Montpelier. She was also a volunteer at the Northfield Senior Center for many years. She also enjoyed playing bingo at the Montpelier Elks Club and the Northfield Masonic Temple.
Survivors include her longtime companion, Ken Partlow, of West Berlin; daughter Nancy Clark and her husband, Gary, of South Woodbury; sons Michael Merrill and his companion, Beth Macaskill, of Washington, and Roger Merrill and his wife, Kathy, of Washington; 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; stepchildren Lori Briggs, Tim Partlow, Billy Partlow, James Partlow, Lisa Millington and Bonnie Sanders; siblings Arlene Manning, Betty Plante, Kenneth Smith, Richard Smith and Robert Smith; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Merrill; her sibling Pauline Ruggles; and Rodney Smith, Ralph Smith, Frank Smith and Earl Smith.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, June 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Guare & Sons/Barber & Lanier Funeral Home, 30 School St., Montpelier, Vermont. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.
Guare & Sons Funeral Home - Montpelier
30 School Street Montpelier, VT 05602
Published in Times Argus from June 12 to June 13, 2014