Delma S. Weed Merrill, 91: Loved camping, socializing and road trips

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BRUNSWICK — Delma S. Weed Merrill, 91, died Oct. 19 at Maine Medical Center following vascular surgery. For two months she had worked to rehabilitate and return home, surprising many with her age and her spirit.

Merrill was born in Levant in 1922 to Ellery and Minnie Stevens. At an early age, she moved to Stetson in rural Maine, where she grew up with her two sisters and her brother. She thoroughly enjoyed her school years and had many fond memories of both her teachers and classmates.

After graduation, she moved to Bangor. Over the next few years she worked as a caregiver for children and as a waitress in Connecticut, Portland and finally Auburn, where she met Stephen T. Weed. They enjoyed their time together, sometimes taking flights in his small Piper Cub airplane. They married in 1946 and moved to Brunswick to start their family.

Weed built a home on Durham Road, and the couple moved there in 1948. She was very proud of the home, where she was able to spend the rest of her life. The couple raised four children, while Delma worked as a homemaker and her husband worked shifts at Pejepscot Paper Co.

She loved socializing with people, whether in the local sewing club, on bus trips with her friends or in a bowling league at Yankee Lanes. As an active grandmother, she taught her grandchildren to play Skip Bo at an early age while they stayed at her house after school. She thoroughly enjoyed attending their sporting events, as well as Bowdoin hockey games.

Strawberry picking with her grandchildren was also a ritual. She was a faithful attendee at local Memorial Day, Moxie and Fourth of July parades. She and her husband spent family vacations for many years camping around the state and particularly at Sebago State Park. After retiring, they extended their travels to Canada, camping with friends.

Weed died in 1994 after a lingering illness. Delma’s constant care allowed him to remain in their home until the last month of his life. In 2000, she got in touch with a former high school classmate, Clarence Merrill, and they married soon afterward. They were known for their long daily drives; when asked where they had driven at the end of a day, the answer might include Canada or a neighboring state. Clarence was taken ill and died in 2004.

Merrill worked seasonally for 13 years at L.L. Bean, which allowed her to make many new friends while enjoying the work she did. Vacations with her family took her to the western and southeastern parts of the country. In later years, she joined the Evergreens Senior Citizens, playing beano every Monday and thoroughly enjoying herself. She enjoyed life, and loved eating out, visiting with family, and talking on the telephone with her many friends. And she was always up for a road trip.

She is survived by son, Ronald Weed, of Brunswick; daughters, Sharon Dutton, of Brunswick, Patricia Biggs and husband Doug, of Brunswick, and Barbara Bisson and partner Tim Davis, of West Bath; eight grandchildren, Darcy Dutton and husband Jim Morgan, Jason Weed and partner Kelli Johnson, Carey Douglass and husband Dave, Ashley Wright and husband Jeff, Erika Carlile, Christine Bisson, Dustin Biggs and wife Kari, and Mark Bisson; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church in Brunswick followed by a gathering at the adjacent hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Evergreen Senior Citizens at 1 Columbus Drive, Brunswick, or the First Baptist Church, 284 Church Road, Brunswick. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick.

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