Elizabeth M. Merrill
1919 - 2021
BORN
1919
DIED
2021
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Salem, MA
Elizabeth 'Betty' Margaret (Goodband) Merrill, 101, of Marblehead, MA, died peacefully on July 27th, 2021 after a brief decline in health. Betty was born in Ottawa, Canada to George and Agnes (McConachie) Goodband on August 15, 1919. In 1922, her family moved to Newton Centre, MA where they took ownership of a riding stable. In 1944, Betty married Frank Merrill and settled in his hometown of Marblehead, MA where they raised their three children. The couple celebrated 68 years of marriage before Frank's passing in February 2013. Betty will be remembered for her kind heart, warm smile and delicious Toll House chocolate chip cookies. She is survived by her children Richard Merrill and his wife, Lisa Merrill, of Sarasota, FL and Gail (Merrill) Kobialka and her husband, Michael Kobialka, of Marblehead, MA; son-in-law Richard Gambino, of Falls Church, VA; grandchildren Matthew Fogelgren (Kim), Jennifer Gambino, Jon Gambino, Nick Gambino (Callie), Lesley (Merrill) Collins (Clayton), Steven Jones (Elizabeth); and great-grandchildren, Ben Fogelgren, Will Fogelgren, Sam Fogelgren, Francesca Gambino, Brooklyn Gambino, Claire Collins, Catherine Collins, William Collins, Jack Jones and Olivia Jones and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by her husband, Frank Merrill, brothers Drs. Clifford Goodband and Gordon Goodband, daughter Joan (Merrill) Gambino and grandson, Michael Kobialka. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty Street Danvers, MA 01923, or charity of choice. For more information or online guestbook please call 978-744-0497 or visit www. murphyfuneralhome.com.
Published by The Marblehead Reporter from Aug. 17 to Aug. 19, 2021.
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Offering sympathy to the Merrill and Kolbiaka family. Gail your Mom always had a smile on her face. May she rest in eternal peace.
Susan Finigan
Acquaintance
August 17, 2021
I was fortunate to meet Betty at Penny Bear. That day will always be one I consider to be “special”. Special, because if you were lucky enough to sit down with and listen to Betty’s stories you could not help but try to emulate her. She was living proof that hard work, generosity and love of family and friends was the best recipe for a full and happy life. I will miss her beautiful smile, the twinkle in her eyes and her snappy comebacks. Thank you, Gail, for sharing
Carol Smith
August 14, 2021
I was fortunate to meet Betty at Penny Bear. That day will always be one I count as “special”. Special, because if you were lucky enough to sit with and listen to Betty’s stories you could not help but try to emulate her. She was living proof that hard work, generosity and love of family and friends were the best recipe for a full and happy life. I will miss her beautiful smile, the twinkle in her eyes and her “snappy comebacks”. Thank you Gail for sharing this beautiful lady!
Carol Smith
Friend
August 14, 2021
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