The Memorial and Remembrance Service was held July 13 at the First Congregational Church of Woodstock for Mary Edmonds Merchant who died July 9. She will always be fondly remembered for her quick wit, undying generosity, and unconditional love to the many lives she touched. Rev. Norman Koop, Pastor officiated. Committal services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
Mary was born July 3, 1916 in Claremont, N.H. to John “Jack” Edmonds and his wife Vida (Milan) Edmonds.
She grew up in Windsor, where she attended school until the 11th grade. During that time she developed a strong love for children and was accepted to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I., where she trained as a nursery maid.
Upon her return, she was employed by many prominent families in Windsor as their nanny.
She met and following a long courtship, married James A. Merchant on Aug. 5, 1944. They were happily wed for 50 years.
They moved to Reading, where Mary acquired her last position as nursery maid at Reading Farms. James worked as farm manager prior to succumbing to cancer in 1996. Mary became a housekeeper and cook and stayed on the farm. She was employed there for 56 years until her retirement in 2002. Mary moved to Woodstock in 2003 and became a beloved resident at The Homestead, where she resided until her passing.
She was an active and engaged member of the First Congregational Church of Woodstock for over 40 years.
She is survived by her only child, Naxcie J. Merchant of Gainesville, Fla. one sister Jeanann Buckman of Windsor; a grandson, Elijah J. Merchant and his wife Amy; a great-grandson, Elijah J. Merchant, Jr. and a step great-grandson, Taylor Oguma, all of Jacksonville, Fla., several nieces, nephews and many friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Homestead at 73 River Street, Woodstock, VT 05091.
Condolences may be expressed to her family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
This obituary first appeared in the July 18, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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